TEHRAN (Press Shia) – French police clashed with anti-G7 protesters and used tear gas and water cannon to break them up in the southern city of Bayonne on Saturday, as leaders from the world’s leading industrialized nations arrived for their summit just a few kilometers away in Biarritz.

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Since Monday, anti-capitalist activists, environmentalists and other anti-globalization groups have been flocking to a counter-summit in southwestern France that organizers insisted would be peaceful.

More than 9,000 anti-G7 protesters took part in the largest protest on Saturday — a mass march over a bridge linking France and Spain that took place without incident.

However the atmosphere was more hostile in Bayonne, where hundreds of protesters chanting anti-capitalist slogans did not seem to follow a route, instead wandering the streets trying to find a way into the city center.