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Paris police arrest 8 as protesters go on rampage in capital

  • A demonstrator walks on the Place de la Nation during during clashes with riot police, as part of a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices, in Paris, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country's Socialist government. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    A demonstrator walks on the Place de la Nation during during clashes with riot police, as part of a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices, in Paris, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country's Socialist government. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrators attends a protest against proposed changes to France's work week and layoff practices, in Paris, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country's Socialist government. The board reads: " Our democracy is an illusion". (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    A demonstrators attends a protest against proposed changes to France's work week and layoff practices, in Paris, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country's Socialist government. The board reads: " Our democracy is an illusion". (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators clash with riot police during clashes against police officers, as part of a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices, in Paris, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country's Socialist government. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Demonstrators clash with riot police during clashes against police officers, as part of a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices, in Paris, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country's Socialist government. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

Paris police says they've made eight arrests after demonstrators protesting the government's labor reforms went on a rampage across the capital, attacking a police building, damaging cars and vandalizing bank offices.

The protesters tried in vain in the early hours of Sunday to get to the residence of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is on a trip to Algeria.

Police said later that the rioters consisted of about 300 people who came from a sit-in at Paris' Place de la Republique but it's not clear whether they had any affiliation to the loose-knit so-called "Night Rising" group there.

Police said the situation at the sit-in, which is ongoing, is now calm.

Saturday saw scores of rallies and demonstrations across France in opposition to the labor reforms.