Violence mars PSG celebrations

May 15, 2013, 01:02 IST | AFP

Paris's image, already tarnished by alarm over recent tourist muggings, has taken a further bashing after violence during a trophy parade to mark Paris Saint-Germain's first French League win in 19 years.

The shock violence occurred late on Monday after up to 15,000 PSG fans, who had thronged the esplanade at Trocadero by the iconic Eiffel Tower to mark the victory, turned unruly and attacked tourists and others in the heart of the city.

Smoke bombs were thrown, bars and restaurants were damaged and at least one tourist bus was attacked and a scooter burnt during an hours-long confrontation between an 800-strong police presence and hardline PSG supporters known as “ultras”. In all 32 people suffered injuries and 39 arrests were made following the disturbances.

PSG supporters throw projectiles during clashes with the police. PIC/AFP

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