French police clash with 'yellow vest' protesters on Champs Elysees

Paris warns radicals are trying to exploit Yellow Vests & overthrow the government

French troops deployed in Paris amid ‘yellow vest’ protest

Police deployed tear gas and stun grenades after getting cornered, with some agitators starting to throw plastic bottles.

Around 70 people were arrested Saturday, December 8 in the Belgian capital Brussels during copycat "yellow vest" demonstrations rocking neighboring France, police said. Some protesters took aim at the French border with Italy, creating a huge traffic backup near the town of Ventimiglia.

Hundreds of people gathered early Saturday around the Arc de Triomphe, which was damaged in rioting a week ago. It did not succeed, even though it was better prepared. At least 30 people were reported wounded, including three police officers, with 475 people taken into custody. The measures include mobilizing 8,000 police officers in the French capital and closing such famous sites as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum.

We will keep you up to date with developments throughout the day after last weekend's protests saw the capital's worst street unrest in more than half a century and France's young centrist president, Emmanuel Macron, faces the stiffest challenge of his term so far. The window of a nearby bank was smashed in with a wrought-iron decoration used to encircle city tree trunks.

Authorities also have canceled six French league soccer matches around the country.

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About 8,000 police officers were on the ground in Paris - almost twice as many as last week.

Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax increase, but the protesters' anger at his government has not abated.

"We have to change the Republic", Ilda, a yellow jacket protester from the south of France near Toulouse, told CNN. "Me, I'm not here to break things because I have four children so I am going to try to be safe for them, because they are afraid", said protester Myriam Diaz. "But I still want to be here to say 'Stop, that's enough, this has to stop'".

While the violence was not on the scale of the previous protest the week before, several cars were still set on fire in Paris and protestors once again clashed with riot police.

Some reporters on the ground in Paris have refuted Trump's claim that the protesters are chanting his name.

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Mais les multiples appels à la mobilisation devraient être source de perturbations, entre transports réduits et magasins fermés. Dans tous ces lieux, des " gilets jaunes " sont susceptibles de se réunir, en particulier la place de la Bastille.


Protestors wearing yellow vests (Gilets Jaunes) stand on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. They carried signs that read "Non-non a Macron", or "No, no to Macron". This was his third weekend of protesting in Paris.

On boulevard Poissonniere and boulevard Haussmann, some tried to erect barricades, using urban furniture and stones from the pavement, and defying police forces. As popular support for the movement rose and violence spread, Macron returned from a G-20 summit in Argentina last Sunday to hold a series of emergency meetings that led with scrapping next year's fuel-tax hikes, a rare retreat for the stubborn 40-year-old. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the escalation of violence had been stopped.

Tear gas had dissipated and a standoff was over. That's because the yellow-vest movement has galvanized support for protests via social networks, particularly Facebook, with a potent mix of genuine stories of suffering caused by real failings of the French government and a raft of conspiracy theories and hoaxes - including the viral rumor that a non-binding United Nations pact on migration would soon put France under UN administration, so that millions of migrants could be resettled to replace the native-born population.

Near the Arc de Triomphe, police fired tear gas grenades and water cannons to push back demonstrators. So the protesters tried other routes, marching through the prime shopping district that includes the high-end stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps and the Palais Garnier opera house.

"The Paris Agreement isn't working out so well for Paris", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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