Farmers, food sector workers, fishermen, and others attended the protest, voicing concern over continuous layoffs and high taxes in the country.
Some demonstrators reportedly threw stones and iron bars at police as they gathered for speeches before marching into the city. Officers responded by firing tear gas and water cannons.
According to authorities, 10,000 people came out for the event. However, a protest organizer told French media that 30,000 people took part in the rally.
French protesters wore red caps resembling the 17th century revolt against King Louis XIV’s fiscal policies.