[Jacques de Larosiere] described what he called the confining of Deputy Gov. Philippe Lagayette and Director of Personnel Raymond Penaud by the strikers as "an extremely serious and unprecedented incident."
In his statement, De Larosiere said the raid was carried out peacefully, "without incidents." But this was contradicted by the unions, the French press and the Fire Department's emergency service. All reported that several strikers were injured in the raid, one seriously.
French labor unions issued angry statements against the government's action throughout the day. The Socialist-leaning French Democratic Confederation of Labor called the police raid "an act of deliberate brutality." The Communist-dominated General Confederation of Labor said the government's objective was "to put the trade union movement of the bank on its knees."