PARIS (Reuters) – Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters may return to the French capital to spark a brand new wave of violence.
Dozens of black-hooded demonstrators threw rocks at police and a few set hearth to scooters and trash cans within the middle of the French capital, in keeping with Reuters TV footage.
Police responded by firing tear gasoline and stun grenades. Some officers additionally marched towards demonstrators to regulate the gang and funnel it to Paris’ Place de la Republique, the place many of the demonstrators had been contained within the late afternoon.
As of 1200 GMT, a complete of 9,600 folks had been demonstrating throughout France, together with 6,700 in Paris, the inside ministry stated.
That is greater than final week’s protest, which drew 7,500 demonstrators, however represents solely a fraction of the report 282,000 estimated on Nov. 17, the primary day of the protests.
As of 1300 GMT, 110 folks had been arrested and positioned in custody, the Paris prosecutor’s workplace stated.
A number of demonstrators clearly alluded to the catastrophic hearth at Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday, which prompted an outpouring of nationwide sorrow and a rush by wealthy households and firms to pledge round 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) for its reconstruction.
“Tens of millions for Notre-Dame, what about for us, the poor?” learn an indication worn by a demonstrator. “All the things for Notre-Dame, nothing for the miserables,” learn one other signal that evoked Victor Hugo’s well-known novel.
Town was on excessive alert after Christophe Castaner, the inside minister, stated home intelligence providers had knowledgeable him of a possible return of rioters intent on wreaking havoc in Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier and Bordeaux, in a repeat of violent protests on March 16.
Giant parts of the Paris metro community had been closed and about 60,000 police had been deployed throughout France, authorities stated.
Police additionally fired tear gasoline within the metropolis of Toulouse, the place 1000’s of individuals had been demonstrating, together with lots of of motor-bikers holding a big banner asking for President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation.
There have been about 1,500 to 2,000 folks demonstrating within the streets of Bordeaux, in keeping with a Reuters witness.
The so-called Yellow Vest protests erupted in mid-November initially over gas value hikes and the excessive price of residing however spiraled right into a broader motion towards Macron and his drive for financial reforms.
The French chief was as a result of unveil insurance policies to quell the grassroot motion on Monday, earlier than the blaze at Notre-Dame compelled him to cancel the speech. He’s now set to make his bulletins subsequent Thursday.
Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain, Caroline Paillez, Noemie Olive, Anne-Fleur Lespiaut, Yonathan Van der Voort and Helena Williams, Extra reporting by Julie Rimpert in Toulouse and Claude Canellas in Bordeaux, Enhancing by William Maclean