More than 200 people were arrested and dozens were injured in Paris on Saturday after clashes erupted between police and protesters, according to a police spokesman.
French riot police fought running battles with “yellow vest” protesters in the streets of Paris, in the third weekend of nationwide unrest against high living costs that pose one of the gravest challenges of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.
Police fired stun grenades, tear gas and water cannon at protesters at the top of the Champs-Elysees boulevard and multiple sites across the city including Opera and Place de la Bastille. More than a dozen metro stations were closed.
The popular rebellion erupted out of nowhere on Nov 17 and has been coordinated via social media, with protesters blocking roads across France and impeding access to shopping malls, factories and some fuel depots. Some are concerned that violent far-right and far-left groups may have infiltrated the movement.
Wow it just got scary real quick. Police fired tear gas into Place Victor Hugo the mass of protestors came my way. They built a new barricade just 50m from my hotel, which I am now back in. pic.twitter.com/vKxUWnJHHU
— James Larson (@jamesmlarson) December 1, 2018
On Saturday, some targeted the Arc de Triomphe and other monuments.