PARIS – The heavily armed French police deployed tear gas and stun grenades against an army of yellow west gathered in the center of Paris, which demanded the head of Emmanuel Macron.
In the center of Paris gathered on Saturday morning up to 5,000 demonstrators from about 8,000 police and at least 12 armored vehicles. More than 250 people were arrested. "We are not here to destroy Paris, we are here to tell Macron we have had enough of it," a protester said before the clashes with the police began. People protesting against the rising tax on the working class.
The French police attempted to search for protesters in the Champs Elysees who invaded the Champs Elysees, but they were eventually abandoned by thousands of protesters.
The police used tear gas and stun grenades after being cornered, and some stirrers started to throw plastic bottles.
Water guns were deployed near Arc de Triomphe and will be secured this weekend after demonstrators disfigured them over the past weekends.
He was seen throwing stones and glass bottles at police and releasing a stream of tear gas to hold back the crowd.
At least one of the commercial buildings was broken, stirrers broke the wooden walls to protect the shop and smash windows.
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Many protesters defeated the French media for presenting the protests as leaders of violent agitators and as representatives of the Macron government.
"We are not a black block [black clad anarchists] we are used to it I mean people who express our anger, "said a protester who did not want to be identified.
President Trump, meanwhile, filmed on Saturday morning: "The Paris Agreement is not working so well for Paris: protests and riots across France.
" I do not want to pay big sums, much Third World countries (which are operated questionably), perhaps to protect the environment. Chanting "We want Trump!" Love France.
Shops and tourist destinations, including the Eiffel Tower, have been closed and football matches have been canceled as the authorities have sought order.
The US Embassy has called on Americans in the French capital to "sit back and avoid masses" said the report.
As a precaution, nearly 300 people were arrested before the expected riots on Saturday, the report said. Just a week before, about 200 cars were set on fire and the famous Arc de Triomphe was vandalized according to protesters opposition to the Macron government, according to the report.
Rising fuel prices sparked initial protests, but some officials claimed that "ultra-violent" demonstrators exploited the situation, according to the BBC.
Meanwhile, Macron seems to have disappeared as his government tries to stem the chaos caused by its unpopular gas tax plan.
Macron came to power in 2017, having emerged less than a year before invisibility. He supported his own kind of centrism and presented himself on the world stage as a spokesman for multilateralism and internationalism against a nationalist wave that moved through Europe.
While regularly seen on world stages including the United Nations and the US Congress saw his absence this week, and decided to stay out of the limelight while his government tried to address the concerns of the demonstrators ,
Adam Shaw and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.