Worst riot in a decade en­gulfs Paris; Macron vows ac­tion

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

PARIS — France’s most vi­o­lent ur­ban riot in a decade en­gulfed cen­tral Paris on Satur­day as “yel­low jacket” ac­tivists torched cars, smashed win­dows, looted stores and tagged the Arc de Tri­om­phe with graf­fiti.

Pro­test­ers an­gry about ris­ing taxes and the high cost of liv­ing clashed with riot po­lice, who fired tear gas and wa­ter can­non.

From the G-20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron de­nounced the vi­o­lence, say­ing those who at­tacked po­lice and van­dal­ized the Arc de Tri­om­phe will be “held re­spon­si­ble for their acts.”

It was the third straight week­end of clashes in Paris with ac­tivists dressed in the flu­o­res­cent yel­low vests of a new protest move­ment.

Po­lice said at least 110 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 20 po­lice of­fi­cers, were in­jured in the vi­o­lent protests and 224 oth­ers were ar­rested.

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