For this 23rd Saturday the "yellow west" Paris was the epicenter of mobilization. The promised donations for the renovation of Notre-Dame de Paris were discussed during the procession. The situation was tense in the afternoon. Over a hundred people were arrested.
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While other demonstrations were to take place in several French cities, Paris was the epicenter of mobilization. "Macron is slow to announce its actions, and as long as a majority of our demands, such as the RIC (Referendum of Citizens Initiative, Ed), are not answered, we will be there, AFP's Yolande Rodrigues, an unemployed 47-year-old in the Paris The head of state must speak Thursday, April 25. He had postponed his speech on the 1
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Under bright sunshine, several thousand people took part in a procession between Bercy and the republic, and among the demonstrators, the mobilization of the population following the fire of the cathedral seemed to be dividing. " Our wife is not us, "could be read on a sign right next door" yellow west "swayed with posters of the building and with posters" I am our Lady. "The theme is at This event is of great importance for the reconstruction of the cathedral, especially with regard to the pledges of hundreds of millions of euros. A fire was lit on the street of the procession, noted our journalist Paul Carcenac on the spot. "Take out the checkbooks as for Notre-Dame," call the yellow vests.
Some clashes towards Bastille and Republic
At 13.30 the situation began to degenerate at the site of the Bastille, where a barricade lay was burned:
Protesters scattered into adjacent streets that were not part of the approved route were. On the Boulevard Richard Lenoir (11th Arrondissement) there were clashes. At the beginning of the afternoon, the situation was rather confused, and the police headquarters in Paris announced that 126 people had been arrested and 11,062 preventive controls had been carried out.
A construction site was plundered in Rue du Faubourg du Temple. The barriers were burned. Our on-site journalist also saw damage to Go Sport's showcase, where some looting took place. The shop window at Habitat Place de la Republique was also destroyed.
Cars and scooters were set on fire around Jules Ferry Boulevard and République Boulevard.
Firefighters are burning.
Quai de la rapée near Bastille launched protesters, and police responded with LBD tear gas, reports our journalist Thibault Izoret.
Rue du Faubourg du Temple, the "Yellow West" sought refuge in a building hall for a cargo of CRS. Among them, our journalist Paul Carcenac could film his support by the street doctors. Two demonstrators fainted with tear gas.
At noon, Emmanuel Macron received Interior Minister Christophe Castaner for one point of the situation. A new investment by the head of state in the wake of these events.
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As in recent weeks, the authorities have banned demonstrations of symbolic sites in several cities: the Champs Élysées in Paris as well as the surroundings of the cathedral Notre-Dame. Also in the Hypocenter Lyon or Capitol Square in Toulouse for fear of overflows, which had enamelled, inter alia, the first "ultimatum" on March 16, banned. In Lille, the prefect of the north had for the fourth consecutive Saturday a ban on demonstrations in the city center.
60,000 police and gendarmes mobilized
In total, more than 60,000 police and gendarmes mobilized the country In addition to Paris, the authorities feared clashes in Toulouse, Montpellier and Bordeaux.
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Last Saturday, the demonstrations of" Yellow West "had brought together 5,000 people in Paris, 5,000, according to officials who were regularly challenged by the demonstrators .