|Posted by George Freund on January 12, 2019 at 6:45 PM|
Within minutes huge white clouds of tear gas were smothering the area, covering rioters, as well as Saturday afternoon shoppers. By 3pm there had been 42 arrests in the Paris areas, many of them of suspected rioters carrying potential weapons
Tear gas and baton charges were used by French police on thousands of Yellow Vest protestors
The ugly scenes came on 9th Saturday in a row of violence that now routinely reduces Paris to a war zone
A panda mascot was battered to the ground and helped away by Yellow Vests as violence flared again
Demonstrations were seen in other French cities and towns, as 80000 police and gendarmes were mobilised
By PETER ALLEN and ROD ARDEHALI FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:36 EST, 12 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:18 EST, 12 January 2019
The independent Mr Macron, leader of the Republic On The Move party, won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, but he is now dubbed the 'President of the Rich' with polls showing his popularity rating down to just 18 per cent
Tear gas and baton charges were used by French police on thousands of Yellow Vest protestors threatening the Arc de Triomphe in Paris today during more mass anti-government demonstrations.
The ugly scenes came on the 9th Saturday in a row of violence that now routinely reduces the capital city to a war zone.
In Paris, epicentre of the fiery street clashes and vandalism that have made global headlines, 5,000 riot police were on hand, using tall barricades and armoured vehicles to lock down the central Place de la Concorde and surrounding districts.
Hundreds of officers were also on guard on the Champs-Elysees, where banks, jewellery stores and other shops had boarded up windows in anticipation of renewed looting and violence.
Yet many cafes and retailers on the iconic avenue remained open for business, as several thousands of protesters marched calmly from the Place de la Bastille toward the Arc de Triomphe early in the afternoon.
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