Skip to main content

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest in Paris

By the CNN Wire Staff

Paris, France (CNN) -- Hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators, throwing rocks and beer bottles, fought police Monday night in an attempt to reach the Israeli Embassy in Paris.

Police closed the Champs Elysees to traffic as they confronted nearly 1,000 protesters.

Police arrested several demonstrators and fired tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowd. French political figure and trade unionist Olivier Besancenot appeared at the demonstration.

Demonstrators smashed a police truck window, and attempted to force through police lines blocking the embassy.

At 8:15 p.m., as the crowd appeared to be breaking up, the police were making what appeared to be a final push to disperse the crowd.

CNN Producer Niki Cook contributed to this report