French protests get violent
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk
One of the most remarkable pieces of television news in some time is taking place right now on BBC News 24. Jon Sopel is live in the Place de la Republique, on a hotel balcony, offering what is effectively football commentary on violent confrontations between riot police and a small group of protesters.
There seems to be two protests going on similtaneously – a peaceful protest about the French government's new youth employment laws passed this month, and – at the other end of the square – a small hardcore of rioters who are sporadically attacking the police. It all seems to have started at around 4pm.
The BBC have several cameras feeding in so Jon Sopel can literally pick out a skirmish and have it covered very well.
And as a late edition, this website has put up some pictures of 'the fearless Jon Sopel' really getting in the thick of it
He had retired to a balcony before I tuned in but the pictures suggest it was the most memorable piece of rolling news in a while…
On the left he's dodging missiles and in the right shot he is being confronted by an angry protester…keep your cool Jon boy!