The Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in France has warned Omanis living in the country to stay away from places of protests.
The embassy said in a statement: “In view of the protests that the French Republic is witnessing, the embassy calls on the honourable citizens to take caution, stay away from the places of protests, and adhere to the instructions of French authorities in this regard. If necessary, please contact the following numbers: 0033630685911, 0033610197495, 003360981232.”
More than a million people took to the streets across France on Thursday, with protests turning violent in some areas as demonstrators voiced their fury at proposed pension reforms. Clashes between groups of protesters and police broke out after workers staged a national strike throughout Thursday, with flare ups in Paris as well as regional capitals.
French police said around 1,000 people acted “violently,” setting fires, launching smoke bombs and damaging property. In the southwestern city of Bordeaux, protesters set fire to the entrance of the city hall during ongoing clashes with police, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.