Saturday, December 1, 2018
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'This is the start of a revolution': Paris rioters steal police assault rifle, torch dozens of cars and vow to 'stay in the streets until Christmas' as fuel protests continue into the night and spread across France - and even to Holland
- 'Yellow Vest' supporters staged fresh protests on the Champs-Elysees which leads to the Arc de Triomphe
- They vowed to continue rioting until Christmas after riot police used tear gas and water cannon to fight back
- Dozens of cars were torched, the Arc de Triomphe was graffitied and shops and houses were ransacked
- French President Emmanuel Macron promised that protesters would be 'held responsible for their acts'
- It comes a week after rioters brought chaos to Paris in a movement against fuel prices and high living costs
PUBLISHED: 04:18 EST, 1 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:56 EST, 1 December 2018
The centre of Paris was on lockdown tonight after masked protesters stole an assault rifle from police, clashed with riot squads and set fire to cars and Christmas trees on the Champs-Elysees in furious demonstrations against the French government.
Protesters said today's actions were 'the start of a revolution' worse than the mass strikes and occupation of universities and factories during the 1968 French Revolution when the country was on the cusp of civil war.
Fires and clouds of tear gas covered the French capital from early morning until late in the evening, in some of the worst violence ever seen in the French capital as more than 5,000 demonstrators brought chaos to Paris for the second week running.
As so-called Yellow Vest fuel price demonstrators marched along the opulent Avenue Foch near the Arc de Triomphe, home to embassies and luxury residences, they were joined by criminal groups included looters.
French President Emmanuel Macron has promised the protesters will be 'held responsible for their acts'.
Macron said today's demonstrations which have left dozens injured and hundreds arrested 'have nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger.' He said 'no cause justifies attacks on police or pillaging stores and burning buildings'.
Macron said he is holding an emergency government meeting Sunday on the protests. He spoke from the G20 summit being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
French police confirmed there had been at least 224 arrests today during the protests for a series of offences, ranging from violent disorder to theft. There were 110 serious injuries, including more than 20 police officers.
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Hooded demonstrators could be seen breaking into businesses, including a Chanel store and cafes and bars that had remained locked up for the day.
A blaze was started by the Jeu de Paume, one of the most famous art galleries in Paris, and dozens of cars were also burned out.
Riot police sprayed tear gas, fired water cannon and stun grenades and pulled out their batons to fight back against 'Yellow Vest' protesters who occupied the famous boulevard and graffitied the Arc de Triomphe.
France's interior minister said police were not able to keep protesters from damaging the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris or spraying it with graffiti.
Christophe Castaner, speaking on French television TF1, said: 'While some (protesters) invaded the Arc de Triomphe, our police forces were protecting other protesters and bystanders.'
French television showed images of protesters inside the famous monument, spraying graffiti and taking selfies.
Masked and hooded protesters were pictured hurling crowd barriers at police in Paris and this evening stole an assault rifle from a police car in the city centre.
Meanwhile there were further rallies spiralling across the country, spreading to Marseille, Biarritz and Antibes on the Mediterranean coast and even into the Netherlands.
The protests, named 'Yellow Vest' after drivers' high-vis jackets, began last month amid fury over rising fuel prices but have mushroomed into an all-out challenge to Emmanuel Macron's presidency.
Some 5,000 police and gendarmes are being deployed today in a replica of last Saturday's chaos when Parisians smashed up shops and restaurants and battled riot squads in the first round of major protests.
Trouble started as early as 10am, when a mob of Yellow Vests - who are named after the reflective jackets that all motorists have to carry in France - massed around the Arc de Triomphe.
Chilling images showed individual officers being beaten by masked attackers, as other police were covered in yellow paint.
Sixteen identity check points and police barricades had been set up on the Champs Elysees for the first time in its history in an attempt to avoid rioting on the most famous avenue in France.
The protests have spread beyond the French capital as demonstrators wearing the same high-vis vests blocked a motorway in Biarritz in the south-west of the country and let off yellow smoke grenades in Marseille, France's second-largest city.
Police said 115 people had been arrested for violent order offences in Paris, amid concerns that far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the spontaneous protests over living costs.
Several hundred protesters sat down under the arch at the top of the Elysees, singing La Marseillaise, France's national anthem, and chanting, 'Macron Resign!'
On the facade of the towering 19th-century arch, protesters scrawled in big black letters: 'The yellow vests will triumph', while along the Champs Elysees, peaceful demonstrators held up a slogan reading, 'Macron, stop treating us like idiots!'
Riot police were covered in bright yellow paint thrown by the Yellow Vests as the violence intensified and the area around the Arc de Triomphe was turned into a battleground.
The Elysee Palace, the office of the President, is on lockdown as protesters waving flags and lighting flares take over the area.
Protesters blocked roads in Biarritz and Antibes further south and even in the Hague, in the Netherlands, yellow-jacketed demonstrators were spotted gathering outside government buildings.
An estimated 75,000 demonstrators were counted across the country as of 3pm.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted her 'indignation' and 'deep sadness,' saying that violence is 'not acceptable.'
She wrote: 'I feel a deep indignation and a great sadness at the violence in the heart of Paris. They are unacceptable. Our country is facing a major crisis. It can only be resolved through dialogue. We must find this path as soon as possible.
'As a result of the violence that occurred on Saturday, I will be meeting on Sunday morning the crisis unit of the city of Paris, which will bring together my deputies, the mayors of the affected boroughs and the representatives of the municipal services.'
However the number nationwide was well below the first day of protests on November 17, which attracted around 282,000 people, and also down from the 106,000 who turned out last Saturday.
The violence seen in Paris on Saturday is unacceptable and 'yellow vest' protesters must speak out against extremist groups hijacking their legitimate grievances, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said.
'I would like to hear the yellow vests say that this type of demonstration has been taken over by extremist groups and that they cannot accept it,' she told BFM television, urging them to organise themselves so they can begin a dialogue with the government.
Christophe Castaner, France's Interior Minister, said there would be identity checks and bag searches for all pedestrians in the Champs-Elysees area.
Mr Castaner has blamed Marine Le Pen, leader of the Far Right National Rally party, for encouraging unsavoury elements to get involved in trouble.
Ahead of Saturday's protests, workmen erected metal barriers and plywood boards on the glass-fronted facades of restaurants and boutiques lining the Champs Elysees, which was closed to traffic.
This evening it was reported that 19 stations on the Paris Metro, the city's underground network, had been closed amid the unrest.
President Macron, who is in Argentina for the G20 summit, likened last week's burning barricades and rampant vandalism to 'war scenes' in Paris.
Gregory Joron, of the SGP police union said: 'It is people's right to demonstrate, but extremist groups have already joined in.
'Groups intent on trouble are appearing from all directions. They include those from the extreme right and the ultra-Left.'
The movement, organised through social media, has steadfastly refused to align with any political party or trade union but has grown into a mass movement amid frustration at Macron's presidency.
The 'yellow vests' include many pensioners and has been most active in small urban and rural areas where it has blocked roads, closed motorway toll booths, and even walled up the entrance to tax offices.
Chantal, a 61-year-old pensioner who came from an eastern Paris suburb, said she was avoiding the 'hooligans' but was determined to send President Emmanuel Macron a message on the rising costs of living.
'He has to come down off his pedestal,' she said under cold rain on the Champs Elysees. 'Every month I have to dip into my savings.'
The immediate trigger for the protest wave was Macron's decision to raise tax on diesel fuel in a move to encourage the driving of less-polluting cars.
The government has tried to hold a dialogue but the protesters have been unwilling to appoint leaders.
Although police managed to clear the square around the Arc de Triomphe toward midday, cat-and-mouse skirmishes continued as protesters spread out to nearby streets and neighbourhoods.
Macron has sought to douse the anger by promising three months of nationwide talks on turning France into a low-carbon economy without penalising the poor.
He also vowed to slow the rate of increase in fuel taxes if international oil prices rise too rapidly but only after a tax hike due in January.
On Friday, the government tried - mostly in vain - to talk to representatives of the movement.
Eight were invited to meet Prime Minister Edouard Philippe but only two turned up, and one walked out after being told he could not invite TV cameras in to broadcast the encounter live to the nation.
The protests have caught Macron off guard just as he was trying to counter a fall in his popularity rating to 30 per cent.
His unyielding response has exposed him to charges of being out of touch with ordinary people.
In last week's violence the Dior Store was among those looted, with the designer fashion business losing up to £1million worth of stock. Police responded with water cannon and round upon round of tear gas in an effort to quell the violence.
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