SHOW THEM NO MARSEILLAISE
Police fired tear gas to halt crowds of yellow-vest protesters marching on the presidential palace in Paris yesterday.
Demonstrators hurled flares and other projectiles as riot squads blocked their route down the Champs Elysees.
More than 500 arrests were made in the morning alone amid a huge security operation mounted after the fuel tax riots injured 130 people last Saturday.
A ring of steel surrounded the Elysee Palace, with armoured vehicles at the Arc de Triomphe and reinforced street barriers set up. Paris police put 8000 officers on duty and the rest of France, where protesters blocked roads, was guarded by 89,000 security staff.
Gendarmes frisked people and searched bags every hundred yards throughout the capital’s centre.
The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum were among monuments and tourist attractions to remain shut amid continued fears of damage and looting.
Normally bustling shopping districts were also locked down and
HARD LINE Riot cops get tough with demonstrators in Paris
FORCE Officers line up to block protest march on Champs Elysees ABLAZE Armoured police vehicle ploughs through bonfire in street