The government says a policeman was shot and injured in violence that followed a mostly peaceful protest over high prices on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion.
Gilbert Annette, the Socialist mayor of Reunion's capital, Saint-Denis, has said on France-Info radio that stone-throwing youths clashed with police overnight in a working-class neighborhood called Le Chaudron _ the cauldron.
The main association of employers is in talks with labor unions over possible pay increases and has criticized violence that "endangers people and belongings."
The island's government office said Wednesday that 14 cars were torched and a police officer was injured by rifle fire. Protests across Reunion drew at least 6,000 people on Tuesday.