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Paris Protest: 250 Arrested, 19 Police Injured During Demonstration Against President Francois Hollande

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Protesters hold a placard and a French flag during a demonstration criticizing President Francois Hollande in Paris, Sunday Jan. 26, 2014. Carrying banners saying "The French are angry!" Sunday's demonstration by people from about 50 organizations cited France's struggling economy and high unemployment, its taxes, their housing needs and lack of personal freedoms. Placard reads: "Freedom of speech". (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS (AP) — Paris police say 19 officers were injured and some 250 people detained after a protest against President Francois Hollande's leadership degenerated into violence.

Police said Monday that none of the injuries is critical. The numbers of injured and detentions is high compared with other protests in recent weeks expressing discontent with Hollande, who is particularly unpopular for his handling of the economy.

Police say some 17,000 people took part in Sunday's largely peaceful protest, while organizers put the number several times higher.

Some 50 associations were involved, including conservative and far right groups. Also present were supporters of provocateur-comic Dieudonne, who has been repeatedly convicted of anti-Semitism and racism.

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