Worst riot in a decade engulfs Paris; Macron vows action
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.