Riots break out after France loses to Spain in the Eurocup. Fans watching the game at the Hyundai Fan Park in Paris begin to hurl bottles at the police and set off flares and fireworks. Then the tear gas canisters land and the gas fills the air. A bunch of people flee while others with shirts tied around their heads continue to launch whatever they can find. As the smoke and gas dissipates the sound of thousands of coughs echoes around the park.

I was standing on a bench taking photos while everyone around me was fleeing. I tied a French flag, which I had brought with me, around my face in order to keep out the worst of the smoke and gas, but I only had about 20 seconds to shoot before the full force of the tear gas hit me and I started coughing and couldn't see anymore from the tears and had to flee too.

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