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Over 1,700 arrested in latest 'yellow vest' protests in France

Protesters set fire to cars, burned barricades and smashed windows in pockets of violence across the city.

Yellow vest protestors take to the streets of Paris
Yellow vest protestors take to the streets of Paris
Image: Yann Bohac via PA Images

Updated Dec 9th 2018, 11:15 AM

MORE THAN 1,700 people have been arrested across France during the latest “yellow vest” protests as demonstrators clashing with riot police caused more damage in Paris than a week ago, officials have said.

Clashes broke out in the French capital and other several cities, including Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon and Toulouse, during a fourth weekend of nationwide protests against rising living costs and President Emmanuel Macron in general.

The embattled president – whose name rang out across the Champs-Elysees as protesters shouted “Macron, resign” – is expected to address the demonstrations in a much-anticipated speech in the coming days.

A total 1,220 of the 1,723 detained were ordered held in custody, the ministry said.

Police in Paris said they made 1,082 arrests yesterday, up sharply from 412 in the previous round.

The interior ministry said some 136,000 people took part in yesterday’s protests across France, around the same number as on 1 December.

But it was Paris which again bore the brunt of the violence and destruction.

Police And ÔYellow VestsÕ Clash In Paris Protests Black smoke fills the air during yesterday's protest in Paris Source: Yann Bohac via PA Images

Protesters in the capital set fire to cars, burned barricades and smashed windows in pockets of violence, clad in their emblematic luminous safety jackets, as armoured vehicles rolled through the streets.

City authorities said the ‘yellow vests’ had caused “much more damage” than on 1 December protests.

“The sector concerned by the incidents was much larger… With fewer barricades, there was much more dispersion, so many more places were impacted by violence,” Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told France Inter radio.

“There was much more damage yesterday than there was a week ago.”

© AFP 2018 

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