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France deploys 13,000 police as anti-pension reform protests gather momentum

•, by Paul Godfrey

The Interior Ministry said it expected disorder at Tuesday's protests and had deployed 13,000 police -- 5,500 of them in Paris -- to counter it.

"Our services anticipate that there will be important disruption to public order. More than 1,000 radical activists, some arriving from abroad, may join the protests in Paris, Nantes or Rennes," said Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

Disruption is expected to affect public transport, universities, schools and public services, while motorists faced fuel shortages caused by picketing of oil refineries by striking workers.

Aviation authorities ordered Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulouse and Paris' Orly airports to cancel a fifth of flights scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Protestors from four main unions occupied Biarritz Airport forcing the evacuation of the terminal after smoke bombs were set off inside and outside the entrance of the building.