Just round the corner from République, a traditional rallying point, it's not surprising to come across a demo like this. In this case someone told me it was the National Front, or maybe against the National Front, I'm really not sure, but they were vociferous, you have to give them that, whatever they were shouting about...
The rather scary CRS, the bulldogs of the security forces, were out in force having a good old time, and it has to be said that the poor NF dears were completely hedged in by ranks of the boys in black - no nonsense to be had there.
I chopped the top of this shot to make it more intense - I think by lowering the 'ceiling', as it were, it becomes more intense and claustrophobic - less space for people to move in, echoing the hemming in of the demonstrators by the CRS. I didn't want to chop the red flag though, or the other banner, which gives the sense of place and occasion.
The two cops striding, the blurred car, the bustle of the crowd and the harsh treatment of the colours add to the tension.
Don't you think?
© 2008 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free
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