Paris police detain 208 after climate change demo

Protestors clash with riot police during a rally against global warming on November 29, 2015 in Paris, a day ahead of the start of UN conference on climate change COP21 (AFP Photo/Florian David)

Paris (AFP) - French police detained 208 people and kept a total of 174 in custody, after activists clashed with police in Paris on Sunday ahead of key climate talks, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

The minister said the acts of violence in central Paris by the protesters, who hurled bottles and candles at police, must be "firmly" condemned.

The violence took place at the Place de la Republique where flowers and candles have been left in memory of the 130 people who died in the Paris attacks November 13.