Mass riots turn Paris into warzone
Two people have died and over 750 people, including 136 police officers, were injured during a week of demonstrations over rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.
Police fired tear gas and water cannon on Saturday in central Paris against “yellow vest” protesters demanding French President Emmanuel Macron roll back tax hikes on motor fuel.
Some 3,000 police were deployed in the capital as demonstrators who have blocked French roads over the past week wearing their now signature high-visibility jackets were set to cause another day of disruption after calls to bring Paris to a standstill.
Reporters said several thousand had gathered by early on Saturday on the famous Champs-Elysees where they clashed with police trying to prevent them moving down to the Place de la Concorde near the Louvre museum.
Police said the protestors had tried to break through a cordon several times but had been prevented from doing so, with tear gas used more than once.