8 De­cem­ber

Business Standard - - WORLD -

French riot po­lice fired tear gas and clashed with "yellow vest" pro­test­ers in cen­tral Paris on Satur­day dur­ing the lat­est in a wave of demon­stra­tions against the high cost of liv­ing that have shaken Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron's au­thor­ity.

Au­thor­i­ties said 575 peo­ple had been searched and briefly ar­rested and 361 peo­ple of them re­mained in cus­tody af­ter po­lice found po­ten­tial weapons such as ham­mers, base­ball bats and metal petanque balls on them.

Hun­dreds of pro­test­ers were milling around the Arc de Tri­om­phe mon­u­ment, which was de­faced with anti-Macron graf­fiti last Satur­day, when ri­ot­ers also torched dozens of cars and looted shops in the worst ri­ot­ing in Paris since May 1968.

A po­lice spokes­woman told re­porters there were about 1,500 pro­test­ers on the Champs El­y­sees boule­vard. Large groups of peo­ple spilled into other ar­eas and head­ing to eastern Paris, where a march against cli­mate change was sched­uled for the af­ter­noon. Some also tem­po­rar­ily blocked the ring road cir­cling cen­tral Paris.


Pro­test­ers wear­ing yellow vests face off with French Gen­darmes dur­ing a demon­stra­tion of the ‘yellow vests’ move­ment in Mar­seille, France

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