Nearly 1,400 people were arrested by police in an attempt to end the Yellow Vest uprising all over France, escalated for the forth week.
Ignited by a fuel tax, the “Yellow Vest” movement has been gaining momentum over the past four weeks. Protesters have made their way from France’s countryside to Paris, and some are demanding the president’s resignation. Protests in France turned violent again on 8th Saturday, with demonstrators in Paris burning cars and ripping down barricades from store fronts, while the riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to control the crowds. The volunteer activists of Yellow Vests descended on the capital by the thousands, even as the police turned out in force, blocking off roads and monuments.
In Paris, many of the protesters were detained before they could even reach the central site of the demonstrations at the Champs-Élysées. The huge police presence in the capital appeared far more able to contain the violence. The show of force reflected a change from preceding weeks, with law enforcement often engaging with the vandals before they could act.
“The situation is under control even though there are still some hot spots in the provinces,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Saturday evening. The minister said 118 demonstrators and 17 police officers were injured nationwide on Saturday. Last week, about 200 protesters were injured, as well as more than 200 police officers, the interior ministry said.