The French riot police fired tear gas in Paris and deployed a water canon during a new demonstration of the so-called ‘Gilets Jaunes’, demonstrators in yellow vests. The metropolitan police reports that 24 arrests have already been made.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Saturday at the Arc de Triomphe, the huge triumphal arch that stands at the famous avenue Champs-Élysées. They sang the national anthem and chanted: “Macron, resign!”

According to the police, an estimated two thousand protesters are in Paris. French media reports that the police intervened when demonstrators tried to break through a checkpoint. At least 60 demonstrators have been arrested.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he understands the anger about rising fuel costs among French living outside the big cities. He insisted that he would not be forced by “villains” to change his economic policy.

Five thousand agents were deployed in Paris

The authorities had already expected the new protests. Five thousand agents and gendarmes were deployed in Paris, considerably more than last week. Then riots broke out on the Champs-Élysées when ‘Yellow Vests’ demonstrated against an increase in fuel prices.

The Champs-Élysées is closed for traffic on Saturdays and pedestrians must pass checkpoints. Many restaurants and shops in the neighborhood have, as a precaution, blinded their windows and everywhere there are crush barriers and barricades.
Police fear infiltration by rioters

“We are afraid that small groups will infiltrate extreme right-wing rioters who are not ‘Yellow Hesjes’ to fight with the police forces,” said the head of one of the police trade unions earlier. “Because of the extensive security measures around the Champs, there is a fear that rioters will go somewhere else.”

In other places in the country thousands of agents are also ready to lead protests well.

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