Blood flared in France today as activists rallied outside the headquarters of oil giant TotalEnergies in Paris, where the general meeting of shareholders is being held today.

Climate activists chanted slogans such as “all we want is to knock Total down” and “one, two and three degrees (of temperature rise), thank you Total”.

Hundreds of protesters – including Greenpeace activists – attempted to block the entrance to the building and prevent the shareholders from passing through.

The police pushed them back and violent clashes soon broke out, with tear gas and pepper spray being used against the protesters.