At approximately 1635 local time (1535 UTC) on 16 January 2021, police officers deployed tear gas and water cannons against demonstrators at Place du Pont Morand on Bellamy street in the city of Nantes, after demonstrators attempted to create a roadblock. Police officers also deployed water cannons and tear gas at the Botanical Gardens near the city center after demonstrators threw objects at authorities. Officials detained at least three people. Demonstrators were protesting a new security law that allows police officers to use body cameras and drones to film and surveil citizens. The new law will also ban publishing pictures of police officers, if the intent of the publication is to do harm to the officer.