Paris (AFP)

Some 161,000 people, including 11,000 in Paris, marched in France on Saturday to protest against the health pass, more than last Saturday, when 114,000 people demonstrated.

According to a report communicated by the Ministry of the Interior, there were in the provinces, "168 actions identified which mobilized nearly 150,000 people".

In Paris, added the ministry, they were 11,000, down slightly from July 17 when 18,000 people demonstrated.

In a tweet, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin reported "9 individuals arrested" in Paris, where incidents took place near the Champs-Elysées.

"I condemn, he added, with the greatest firmness the violent behavior which targeted certain police officers, gendarmes and journalists".

Mr. Darmanin also thanked "the forces of order mobilized to supervise the demonstrations".

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