Po­lice use tear gas on steel­work­ers

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PARIS | French po­lice fired tear gas at steel­work­ers Thurs­day as they tried to force their way to­ward the head­quar­ters of Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Sarkozy’s re-elec­tion cam­paign.

About 200 work­ers from an Arcelormit­tal plant in Flo­r­ange in north­east France came to Paris in buses as part of a protest move­ment that started last month to try to save jobs at the fac­tory. They blame Mr. Sarkozy’s con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment for not do­ing enough to save the plant.

They were con­fronted by riot po­lice who tried to push the pro­test­ers back with shields. Af­ter sev­eral min­utes of fight­ing, the po­lice fired tear gas to break up the crowd.

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