1,400 protest in Paris over Gaza fighting

December 28, 2008 20:05

More than 1,000 people staged protests in Paris on Sunday against one of Israel's biggest-ever assaults on Hamas, police said, as the French government pushed for a halt to fighting. Some 1,300 people gathered in northern Paris in the Barbes neighborhood, and 150 gathered near the landmark Arc de Triomphe, a police spokeswoman said. The Barbes neighborhood has a large Arab population. Both protests were peaceful, the spokeswoman said. She was not authorized to be publicly named according to agency policy. Several police vans and officers formed a broad security perimeter around the Israeli Embassy in Paris on Sunday. The embassy, near the tourist-packed Champs-Elysees, is always tightly guarded by Paris police.

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