Thousands of students demonstrated in Paris on Friday (19 February) as a court heard the appeal of an 18-year-old student.
MS demonstrators walking along Paris Street accompanied by police (2 shots)
MS Police following crowd.
MS Demonstrators and police along pavement.
MS Crowds and banners (2 shots)
LS Crowd chanting with banners
CU Demonstrators and crowd (3 shots)
LS Crowd marching up street.
MC Crowd waving fists and shouting.
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Background: Thousands of students demonstrated in Paris on Friday (19 February) as a court heard the appeal of an 18-year-old student. His jailing sparked a wave of student unrest which has been the most serious since the riots of 1968. The students defied a police ban on demonstrations to demand the release of Gilles Guiot who was sentenced to three months' imprisonment on charges of punching a policeman during a demonstration.
Later on Friday, the court acquitted young Guiot -- acting against a background of allegations by a prominent Gaullist politician that French magistrates had shown cowardice in dealing with militant students and other agitators.
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