Recently France has seen some massive protests against Macron’s pension law. Most of these protests are peaceful, but unavoidably there was some violence, especially since Macron decided to bypass the parliament vote on the pension law, a decision perceived as authoritarian and against the will of the people. It's worth noting that there was violence on both sides, some from the police and some from some protesters.
There have been multiple incidents of police brutality (see e.g. Guardian article, video 1, video 2). Police violence has always been an contentious issue in France; in this article [fr] (from a left-wing media), the author argues that there is at least a lack of will by the French institutions to try and change the police methods. Nevertheless the violence is critized internationally, with European institutions and human rights NGOs [fr] criticising abuses (in a sad irony, even Iran critised France for police brutality).
Protests are unavoidable in democratic countries, occasionally with some violence. In this context, is there any significant difference in terms of police methods between France and other similar countries?