Protests at French prisons as search continues for gunmen who killed officers

Prison officers complain of overcrowding and violence after two guards killed and inmate freed from van

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Hundreds of prison officers across France have held protests after gunmen shot dead two prison officers in an ambush at a Normandy motorway toll and freed a convict linked to gangland drug killings.

On Wednesday morning, groups of prison officers blocked prison entrances across France, while some burned pallets and tyres.

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