Cops face off mob on streets of Paris

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

CROWDS of yellow-vest pro­test­ers clashed with po­lice yes­ter­day as they tried to reach the pres­i­den­tial palace in Paris.

Riot cops fired tear gas amid a huge se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion aimed at pre­vent­ing a re­peat of last week’s vi­o­lence over fuel tax rises.

Ar­moured ve­hi­cles and po­lice with shields blocked the Champs-El­y­sees.

A ring of steel sur­rounded the El­y­see Palace as steel bar­ri­ers were set up across the city.

The Eif­fel Tower and Lou­vre Mu­seum were closed amid fears of dam­age af­ter ri­ot­ing and loot­ing last Satur­day that saw 130 peo­ple in­jured.

By noon more than 500 had been de­tained but no in­juries were re­ported.

Pro­test­ers also blocked roads, round­abouts and toll­booths in other cities.

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