The police were marching in front of the protestors to gain control and were using classic management tactics to control the crowd.
Several other countries in Europe have also expanded health passes to citizens, which restricts unvaccinated people from visiting restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers.
Amid this, a 22-second-long video of French gendarmes marching ahead of a group of protesters has become viral. It claimed that police officers too joined the protestors against the French government's COVID-19 restrictions.
Indeed the video belongs to the protest organized on July 17, but the officers did not join in with protesters. As seen in the original footage, they were seen trying to control the crowd. Civicio, an independent media outlet, live-streamed the entire protest. The 22-second viral video clip is an excerpt taken from the live footage. In fact, the police officers were not shouting but instead wearing masks and carrying riot gear. They were seen working in tandem to control the crowd, as seen at other points in the live-streamed video. It is apparent that the police were doing their job, and hence we mark the claim as misleading.