November 2016 saw the circulation of a video seemingly showing an inconsolable protester wailing because a riot policeman popped a balloon she was holding:
The clip was taken from a video of a demonstration staged in Paris in May 2016 to protest a controversial labor reform effort:
Protests in Paris over a French labour reform bill have turned violent, with at least 40 people injured, including 29 police officers, and 58 arrests.
At least 75,000 demonstrators had convened in the capital as the upper house of parliament debated changes to employment laws.
One of the city's best-known attractions, the Eiffel Tower, was closed due to strike action by staff.
The labour reform makes it easier for employers to hire and fire workers.
It would also relax the limit on working hours. The government forced the changes through the National Assembly last month without a vote.
The protests turned violent in some areas of the city, requiring the deployment of riot police. But some demonstrators resorted only to symbolic violence, using long thin balloons fashioned into representations of swords to gently bat at police. One such encounter is shown in the clip embedded above, in which a young woman taps her balloon on the helmet of a policeman in riot gear, who quickly reaches up an arm to fend her off and pops her balloon in the process, sending her screeching to the ground (with the implication that she was disconsolate and acting out simply because a policeman rudely popped her precious balloon).
However, a fuller video of events tells a different story: