109 in custody in Paris over May Day violence

109 in custody in Paris over May Day violence
Activists clash with riot police during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers' Day, or May Day. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — Paris police say 109 people are in custody after May Day protests against reforms by President Emmanuel Macron turned violent in the French capital.

Heated demonstrations on Tuesday saw vehicles torched, a McDonald’s restaurant smashed up and vandalism at automobile shops.

Those in custody Wednesday are suspected of offenses that include carrying prohibited weapons that fire projectiles. Several people were injured.

Paris Police Prefect Michel Delpuech said that violence was carried out by masked attackers from a libertarian group called the Black Blocs that numbered around 1,200 people in total.

He added that “the desire of the radical activists was to spiral the day out of control.”