|Zouave at Pont de l'Alma|
|"Fans" in Marseilles|
It was not enough to prevent bloody clashes between English and Russian football fans in Marseilles, when Russian hooligans took on their drunken English counterparts in the Old Port area where things quickly turned violent and riot police had to use dogs, tear gas and water cannons to break up the fights. Bottles, rocks, and chairs were used as projectiles and opponents were viciously beaten when caught. In all, 35 people were injured, and three English fans remain hospitalized in serious condition, one with brain damage. The violence boiled over into the match (score 1-1), where Russian fans threw flares and charged into the English section, sending the English fleeing. Witnesses have reported that the Russians were very well organized and clearly came to fight, easily overwhelming the English who had been drinking all day prior to the evening match. Police detained 63 people, three Russians were given jail sentences for violence against English fans and 20 were expelled from France. Police were given the power to ban alcohol at and near future high-risk matches.
POLICE UNDER PRESSURE
|President pinning Légion d'Honneur to caskets|
|Casseurs at work|
|Martinez (L) and El Khomri|
[FLASH: The government just announced that the permit for tomorrow's march has been withdrawn and the demonstration prohibited for lack of police. 6/22 at 11:00 A.M.]
This is no negotiation, it is a temper tantrum.