Prison guards clash with police in Paris

Protesting prison guards have clashed with police outside the sprawling Fleury-Merogis Prison in Paris on monday.

Things came to a head after a few hundred guards blocked the entrance and set tyres on fire to call attention to concerns about security and overcrowding.

Police tried to find a way to remove protestors from the blockade but faced resistance. As a result police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The prison which is used for housing violent criminals and far right extremists is working at a 190 percent capacity.

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