In Paris, some 15,000 people gathered to demand justice for Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old who died in 2016 after police arrested. Amid the mostly young crowd, protesters held up signs that read “No justice, no peace” and “Black Lives Matter,” less than two weeks after 20,000 protesters gathered outside a Paris courthouse for Mr. Traoré. Saturday’s protests were organized by “The Truth for Adama,” an advocacy group led by Mr. Traoré’s sister, Assa Traoré. The rally remained largely peaceful, although police fired tear gas and clashed with protesters in the late afternoon.
“In France, we tend to deny thorny issues like race,” said Isabelle Blanche, a 41-year-old black protester who came with her brother. She said it took Mr. Floyd’s death in the United States “for people to finally wake up.”
Wearing a black T-shirt embed in the words “Justice for Adama,” 18-year-old Oceane Loimon accused French authorities of refusing to tackle police brutality, but pointing to the crowd in the square, she said, “They can no longer ignore it.”
As in London, the atmosphere in Paris had become tense in the early afternoon when far-right activists unfurled a large red banner that read “White Lives Matter” on the roof of a building in the square. The crowd below chanted “No justice, no peace,” in response, and later cheered the residents who tore the lower part of the banner with scissors and knives. Some threw fireworks at far-right activists, who were then driven off the roof by a handful of protesters.