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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


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