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Ex-French boxer surrenders after clash with Paris riot police

Christophe Dettinger handed himself to police and was immediately detained.

A video grab made on 7 January 2019 shows former boxer Christophe Dettinger broacasting a message of apology for punching police officers during a "yellow vest" protest in Paris. Picture: AFP

LONDON - A former professional boxer from France who was filmed punching a police officer in Paris during protests against the government has been detained by police.

In footage uploaded on to the internet and viewed millions of times, the 37-year-old is seen taking part in the weekend marches and turning violent as he comes up against a police line blocking the route.

Christophe Dettinger handed himself to police and was immediately detained.

The former heavyweight boxer had been sought by the authorities after video emerged of him hitting a police officer while other protestors aim kicks at the policeman.

In response, Dettinger said he had become angry after he, his wife and a friend had been teargassed, though he said he had acted wrongly.

For the last seven weekends parts of France have been brought to a standstill by the protests and now the government has announced plans to punish those who hold unsanctioned marches.

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