Two held as anti-Sarkozy demonstrators wrangle with police

Dec 10, 2010

Freiburg, Germany – German police wrangled Friday with leftist demonstrators who tried to break through a cordon at a summit between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A woman who tried to hurl a full bottle of water at both leaders as they did a walkabout was restrained and taken away. A man was held for carrying a club, a police spokesman said.

Part of Freiburg, in south-western Germany, was cordoned off. Police said well under 100 people took part in a nearby demonstration where drums were banged in protest. Shouting and derisive whistles came from the crowd as the leaders visited a city marketplace.

Police reinforcements had been called in after alleged threats by leftists to invade the summit. Security was very tight.

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