On Saturday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched into cities across France in a new round of "Yellow West" protests against President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies.
The demonstrators went from the Ministry of Finance in the east through downtown Paris to Arc de Triomphe in the west on Saturday.
There were fights between police and demonstrators near the monument, while security forces fired tear gas at protesters who threw stones and other objects at them.
The French Ministry of Interior Said that around 84,000 people spoke in favor of the protests throughout France, including 8,000 in the capital.
The Ministry said 244 people were arrested on Saturday in Paris and other cities.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that "responsibility for the temptation of confrontation" prevailed in Paris, where 8,000 demonstrators marched "without serious incident". [1
The protests took place in Paris, the epicenter of fiery street collisions and vandalism. Worldwide headlines provided 5,000 police officers who barred the central Place de la Concorde and the surrounding districts with high barricades and armored vehicles.
Hundreds of officers were also on the Champs-Elysees, on which banks offer jewelry stores and other shops had increased windows in anticipation of renewed looting and violence.
|The protesters hit the streets in France for the ninth weekend in a row [Ludovic Marin/AFP]|
. Yet many cafés and retailers on the famous avenue remained open for business. In the early afternoon, several thousand demonstrators marched from Place de la Bastille towards the Arc de Triomphe.
Many sang the Marseillaise, the national anthem The others held signs saying, "Insecurity is not a job!"
Sometimes the crowd shouted "Free Christophe!" referring to Christophe Dettinger, the former professional boxer who was arrested last week after he was fired with two policemen during the Paris Demos.
"We came to Paris to make ourselves heard, and we wanted to convince ourselves at least once" What's going on here? "Said Patrick, 37, AFP said he had traveled from the western French region of Savoy.
From Paris, Al Jazeera's Natacha Butler reported that demonstrators on the streets were calling on government to do more to reform their economic policies.
"It really seems that's whatever the government or president Macron tried to do is not enough, "she said." We had the French president on television at the end of last year. He offered a number of financial reductions, for example, to raise the minimum wage. He also launches this week a "Grand National Citizens Debate" opportunity for people to have a greater say in politics.
"But people here say it's not enough, they want MPs to cut their salaries, they say they want to get rid of more taxes, they want the government to do more for the poor, because they say "At the moment, they believe Emmanuel Macron and his government are important only to the rich."
In the well-attended hippodrome of Chantilly, north of Paris, about 1,000 demonstrators marched through the center before descending the hippodrome, where they started a Delayed the race, the local media said.
Another 1,200 protesters gathered in the center of Bourges, where some organizers of the Yellow Vest hoped to rally those from distant areas to the capital.
Signs saying "Macron step back!" and "France is angry," while local prosecutor Joel Garrigue said that five people were arrested after the police discovered a camp with ball bearings during a search of their car.
The Belgian media reported that protests broke out late on Friday across the border to East Belgium, where one of around 25 demonstrators who were in a blockade died after being hit by a truck.
Officials warned of bigger and more violent protests than last week. when demonstrators rammed a forklift through the doors of a government ministry in Paris.
"Those who want to call tomorrow know there's going to be violence, and that's why they're partly responsible for that," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said in a Facebook interview on Friday with Brut, a digital news site frequented by many yellow people West is preferred.
However, many yellow vests pointed to pictures of a policeman who struck an unarmed man on the ground several times during a vintage last week in Toulon, accusing the police of excessive use of force.
The movement, which began as a protest against high fuel taxes, has led to a widespread rejection of Macron and his policies, which favor the rich at the world premiere costs for rural and small-town France.
Macron calls for a national debate to be held next week to hear voters' complaints in hopes of satisfying the demands for more say in national laws and curbing the anger of the demonstrators.
He has already presented a € 10bn ($ 11.5bn) low-wage relief package and implemented the planned fuel tax hike.