Tens of thousands of Parisians took to the streets on Thursday for the 14th time in the last six months to protest against a set of labor reform laws that supporters claim would make it easier for employers to hire and fire staff.
The protests devolved into clashes with the National Police and the gendarmerie, with some protesters — mostly young people wearing masks — hurling bricks and bottles.
In response, law enforcement fired tear gas and stun grenades into the crowd. While covering the protest, BuzzFeed News witnessed one man take a projectile to the eye.
"You shot me, I want a doctor," the man — identified as Laurent Theron, 46, a union member and medical secretary — could be heard telling the riot police.
David, Laurent's brother, when reached by BuzzFeed News confirmed that the hospital was unable to save his brother's eye.
The law being protested is extremely contentious in France for a number of reasons, not least of which the way in which President François Hollande's Socialist party rammed it through the National Assembly in July.
A version of this article originally appeared on BuzzFeed France.
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