PARIS (Reuters) -- Dozens of protesting auto industry workers entered the old Paris stock exchange building on Thursday, shouting and spraying graffiti on the walls to denounce business leaders and the economic crisis.
The incident occurred after hundreds of workers from car manufacturers and suppliers hit by a wave of job cuts and standdowns staged a noisy but peaceful protest march through central Paris.
Since the advent of electronic trading, market activity has been moved out of the stately 19th century building but the choice of the Bourse underlined widespread public anger over high bank bonuses at a time of mounting unemployment.
"We're sick of things. The working class is fed up with being kicked in the teeth," said Xavier Matthieu, shop steward for CGT trades union at tire maker Continental, which was at the center of a long-running protest over job cuts this year.
A number of protesters entered the empty stock exchange building, now used for conferences, shouting, letting off fire extinguishers and spraying graffiti denouncing "hoodlum bosses."