France investigates after older protester is injured in Nice

Police officers stand by a yellow vest protester who collapsed on the ground during a protest in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Police officers stand by a yellow vest protester who collapsed on the ground during a protest in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Yellow vest protesters shout slogans in front of police cordon during a protest in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The French gov

Yellow vest protesters shout slogans in front of police cordon during a protest in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The French gov

Police officers push demonstrators during a protest in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The French government vowed to strengthen

Police officers push demonstrators during a protest in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The French government vowed to strengthen

Protesters take part in a rally under the Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, Paris Saturday, March 23, 2019. The French government vowed to streng

Protesters take part in a rally under the Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, Paris Saturday, March 23, 2019. The French government vowed to streng

Teargas is used to disperse demonstratos during minor clashes with police in Paris, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The French government vowed to strengthe

Teargas is used to disperse demonstratos during minor clashes with police in Paris, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The French government vowed to strengthe

A police officer is taken away on a stretcher after falling ill while policing a demonstration in Paris, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Paris police say th

A police officer is taken away on a stretcher after falling ill while policing a demonstration in Paris, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Paris police say th

NICE, France (AP) — French authorities are investigating the case of an older female protester who suffered head injuries when police charged people defying a yellow vest protest ban in Nice.

The woman was waving a rainbow flag marked "Peace" and wearing a yellow vest when riot police carrying shields suddenly pushed toward the protesters Saturday. An Associated Press reporter saw her fall to the pavement, blood spilling from her head.

Locals identified her as 73-year-old anti-globalization activist Genevieve Legay.

Regional broadcaster France Bleu Azur reported Sunday that she is in intensive care, and cited the Nice prosecutor as saying an investigation was opened.

French authorities banned protests in several areas Saturday to prevent a repeat of rioting that scarred Paris a week ago at yellow vest protests.