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Yellow Vests bring violence back to streets of Paris

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Staff Writer | Saturday March 16, 2019 8:10PM ET
Yellow Vest
Europe   In Paris, violence erupted on the Champs-Elysées

32,300 protesters demonstrated in France for the 18th weekend of Yellow Vest protests.


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In Paris, violence erupted on the Champs-Elysées, with shops looted and a building set on fire.

Yellow Vest protests in Paris descended into violence on Saturday, as some hardline demonstrators looted and torched shops and businesses on Paris' famed Champs-Elysees avenue.

A Boss menswear store and the upscale Fouquet's restaurant -- a brasserie popular with politicians and film stars - were among the premises to have their windows smashed by groups of hooded demonstrators in scenes reminiscent of the worst "yellow vest" riots in Paris in December.

The demonstrators also set fire to a bank situated on the ground floor of an apartment building, which was engulfed by flames. The fire service evacuated the residents and extinguished the blaze. Eleven people, including two fire fighters, suffered minor injuries, the fire service told AFP.

By late afternoon, up to 10,000 people were demonstrating in central Paris, according to Interior Ministry figures. Of that number, some 1,500 were “ultraviolent” individuals whose aim was to cause destruction and to fight, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

Police arrested dozens of protesters and fired tear gas and water cannon in front of the Arc de Triomphe.

 

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