On the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the order police deployed tear gas against demonstrators. It concerns participants in the protests of the ‘yellow vests’, the movement that has been campaigning for several weeks in various places in France against rising fuel prices due to higher excise duties. According to estimates from the authorities in France, about 80,000 people were present today.

Protesters in Paris pry out paving stones and sought the confrontation. According to the newspaper Le Parisien, about a hundred right-wing extremists were involved in the skirmishes. Thousands of police officers were on their feet to keep order in the capital. Eighteen people have been arrested.

At some places in the center, the estimated 8,000 demonstrators were not allowed to come in yellow vests. Among other things, the authorities wanted to prevent blockages from disrupting traffic in the city. The demonstrators were also not allowed to come near the Élysée, the presidential palace.

Correspondent Frank Renout says the protesters did not have permission to enter the Champs-Élysées. He speaks of chaos. The police not only used tear gas to dispel the demonstrators, but also deployed the water cannon.

So far, the government has not made any major concessions to satisfy the demonstrators, says Renout. But possibly, President Macron will meet their Tuesday. He then attends a consultation about the climate. There are speculations that Macron will do something about the fuel tax without compromising the climate goal, says Renout.

The ‘yellow vests’ also demonstrated in other cities. We had called for demonstrations in Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Limoges and Carcassonne. Action was also taken on the toll roads again; motorists did not have to pay. Provincial roads were also blocked.

Accusation against Le Pen

Minister of the Interior Castener holds Marine Le Pen of the Rassemblement National responsible for the disturbances in Paris. She had called on social media to come to the Champs-Élysées, even though that was prohibited territory.

Le Pen responded directly to the accusation via Twitter. She says she only wondered why the ‘yellow vests’ were not allowed to enter the shopping street, while many other demonstrations on the Champs-Élysées were allowed. Le Pen speaks of a backward accusation.

She receives support from a leader of the left-wing La France Insoumise (LFI) movement. He states that the Minister of Home Affairs comes with a fabrication to place the ‘yellow vests’ in the corner of the far right.
Remove earplugs

Another leader of the LFI believes that President Macron “must take off his earplugs and listen to the people”. According to him, the message is clear: Macron has to change its policy.

Yesterday evening in Calais came to disturbances when hundreds of ‘yellow vests’ blocked a roundabout to the highway. They also threw stones at the police, who reacted with tear gas.

During the protests, two people have died in recent times. The French authorities also report hundreds of injured.

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