NTI-NUCLEAR protesters battled with riot police in France in a bid to stop a train of nuclear waste heading for Germany.
The authorities used tear gas and brute force, but the environmentalists managed to sabotage part of the railway and torch a police vehicle.
The French state is refusing to end its nuclear operations, even after the Fukushima disaster and the horrific after-effects.
The shipment from the French nuclear giant Areva’s reprocessing plant at La Hague is the last planned to Germany.
Similar protests are expected along the whole route – the last convoy in 2010 was blocked for three hours in Caen and one night in Germany.