The FIRE-de-lis! France burns again as riot police blast tear gas at Yellow Vest activists intent on ‘bringing down Macron’ – while armoured vehicles are on standby as chaos spills into EIGHTH weekend

Saturday, January 5, 2019
By Paul Martin

Several hundred protestors gathered on the Champs Elysees in central Paris where police were deployed
Marches were underway in several other cities across France including Rouen where arrests have been made
This is the eighth Saturday of protests called by the grass-roots movement but numbers are dwindling

5 January 2019

Violence erupted in Paris today as anti-government ‘Yellow Vest’ protestors for President Emmanuel Macron to resign for the eigth Saturday in a row.

Teargas and batons were used by riot police on a so-called ‘Act VIII’ Day of Rage organised by the Yellow Vest movement. Marches were underway in several other cities across France.

It followed the arrest the 33-year-old Eric Drouet, one of the group’s most high-profile leaders, on Wednesday night.

‘He is accused of organising an illegal demonstration on a public road, carrying an offensive weapon, and taking part in group violence,’ said a Paris prosecuting source. ‘Many others are under investigation for similar public order offences.’

Today, there was trouble around the River Seine, where police unleashed gas and flash balls at a crowd of around 2000 Gilets Jaunes.

All were attempting to march on the National Assembly, the French parliament, but were held back.

This led to fighting on the foot bridges crossing the river.

Ten members of the movement have died at blockades organised at major roads around France, while hundreds of others have been injured in rioting.

The Vests have been protesting since November 17 and, despite a range of concessions by President Macron including scrapping green taxes of diesel and petrol, continue to call for him to step down.

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