Bear mascot is battered on ground during Yellow Vest rally

Tear gas and baton costs were used by the French police on thousands of Yellow Vest demonstrators who threatened the Arc de Triomphe in Paris today during more massive anti-government demonstrations.

The ugly scenes came on the 9th Saturday in a row of violence that now routinely reduces the capital to a war zone.

In Paris, the epicenter of fiery street battles and vandalism that made the headlines great, 5,000 riot police stood ready and used high barricades and armored vehicles to close the central Place de la Concorde and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Hundreds of officers were also on guard at the Champs-Elysees, where banks, jewelers and other shops had tapped windows in anticipation of renewed looting and violence.

Yet many cafés and shops remained open on the iconic avenue, as several thousand demonstrators marched calmly from the Place de la Bastille to the Arc de Triomphe early in the afternoon.

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In Paris, the epicenter of fiery street battles and vandalism that made the headlines great, there were 5000 riot police available, using high barricades and armored vehicles to close the central Place de la Concorde and the surrounding neighborhoods

In Paris, the epicenter of fiery street battles and vandalism that made the headlines great, there were 5000 riot police available, using high barricades and armored vehicles to close the central Place de la Concorde and the surrounding neighborhoods

Tear gas and baton charges were used by the French police at thousands of Yellow Vest demonstrators who threatened the Arc de Triomphe in Paris today during a massive anti-government demonstration. The ugly scenes came on the 9th Saturday in a row of violence that now routinely reduces the capital to a war zone

There were 5,000 policemen and gendarmes ready for trouble, and it began in the early afternoon when a march reached the Champs Elysée, the most famous shopping street in France. Yellow Vest (Gilets jaunes) demonstrators are depicted with flags representing the RIC for & # 39; Citizens & # 39; Initiative Referendum & # 39; are reading

Within minutes, huge white clouds of tear gas interfered with the area, covering rioters, as well as Saturday afternoon shoppers. By 15, there had been 42 arrests in the Parisian areas, of many of suspected rioters carrying potential weapons.

Within minutes, huge white clouds of tear gas interfered with the area, covering rioters, as well as Saturday afternoon shoppers. By 15, there had been 42 arrests in the Parisian areas, of many of suspected rioters carrying potential weapons.

Within minutes, huge white clouds of tear gas interfered with the area, covering rioters, as well as Saturday afternoon shoppers. By 15, there had been 42 arrests in the Parisian areas, of many of suspected rioters carrying potential weapons.

Scores of demonstrators later collided with the riot police after arrival at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which prompted salvo's tear gas and water cannon when security forces did not reach the Champs-Elysees

Scores of demonstrators later collided with the riot police after arrival at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which prompted salvo's tear gas and water cannon when security forces did not reach the Champs-Elysees

Scores of demonstrators later collided with the riot police after arrival at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which prompted salvo's tear gas and water cannon when security forces did not reach the Champs-Elysees

Nearly 60 people were arrested in the capital, the police said, alongside dozens more elsewhere, including the central city of Bourges, the site of another major rally

Nearly 60 people were arrested in the capital, the police said, alongside dozens more elsewhere, including the central city of Bourges, the site of another major rally

Nearly 60 people were arrested in the capital, the police said, alongside dozens more elsewhere, including the central city of Bourges, the site of another major rally

Dozens of banks, jewelers and other stores have been boarded up on the Champs-Elysees and elsewhere in the city, which have demanded a heavy toll from companies. "We came to Paris to let us know, and we wanted to see at least once what's going on here," said Patrick, 37,

Dozens of banks, jewelers and other stores have been boarded up on the Champs-Elysees and elsewhere in the city, which have demanded a heavy toll from companies. "We came to Paris to let us know, and we wanted to see at least once what's going on here," said Patrick, 37,

Dozens of banks, jewelers and other stores have been boarded up on the Champs-Elysees and elsewhere in the city, which have demanded a heavy toll from companies. "We came to Paris to let ourselves be heard, and we wanted to see it at least once," Patrick said, 37,

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 yellow vestactivists, according to local authorities, went to Bourges, a provincial capital with a famous Gothic cathedral and picturesque houses with timber-framed houses. Online groups have set up talks for actions in the city last week because of the location in the middle of France

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 yellow vestactivists, according to local authorities, went to Bourges, a provincial capital with a famous Gothic cathedral and picturesque houses with timber-framed houses. Online groups have set up talks for actions in the city last week because of the location in the middle of France

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 yellow vestactivists, according to local authorities, went to Bourges, a provincial capital with a famous Gothic cathedral and picturesque houses with timber-framed houses. Online groups have set up talks for actions in the city last week because of the location in the middle of France

Authorities provided 80,000 security forces nationwide for the anti-government protests. Minister of Home Affairs Christophe Castaner threatened with hard reprisals against rioters and their supporters, warning of increasing radicalization among the largely peaceful demonstrators

Authorities provided 80,000 security forces nationwide for the anti-government protests. Minister of Home Affairs Christophe Castaner threatened with hard reprisals against rioters and their supporters, warning of increasing radicalization among the largely peaceful demonstrators

Authorities provided 80,000 security forces nationwide for the anti-government protests. Minister of Home Affairs Christophe Castaner threatened with hard reprisals against rioters and their supporters, warning of increasing radicalization among the largely peaceful demonstrators

The movement slowed down during the holiday season, but seems to get going again, despite Macron's promises of billions of euros for tax relief and an upcoming national debate & # 39; to meet the concerns of protesters. Demonstrators want deeper changes in the economy and politics of France, seen as beneficiaries of the rich

The movement slowed down during the holiday season, but seems to get going again, despite Macron's promises of billions of euros for tax relief and an upcoming national debate & # 39; to meet the concerns of protesters. Demonstrators want deeper changes in the economy and politics of France, seen as beneficiaries of the rich

The movement slowed during the holiday season, but seems to get going again, despite Macron's promises of billions of euros in tax relief and an approaching & # 39; national debate & # 39; to meet the concerns of protesters. Demonstrators want deeper changes in the economy and politics of France, seen as beneficiaries of the rich

French police take positions during a yellow vest protest in Marseille. Repeated battles broke out between French anti-government protests and police near the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris. Security forces used tear gas and a water cannon to push back demonstrators throwing stones and other objects at them

French police take positions during a yellow vest protest in Marseille. Repeated battles broke out between French anti-government protests and police near the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris. Security forces used tear gas and a water cannon to push back demonstrators throwing stones and other objects at them

French police take positions during a yellow vest protest in Marseille. Repeated battles broke out between French anti-government protests and police near the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris. Security forces used tear gas and a water cannon to push back demonstrators throwing stones and other objects at them

The Paris police say that at least 53 people were arrested before and during the protest in the French capital. They have also arrested a number of demonstrators during battles near the Arc de Triomphe. Armored police vehicles have been set up near the monument to prevent demonstrators from going to the nearby Champs-Elysées

The Paris police say that at least 53 people were arrested before and during the protest in the French capital. They have also arrested a number of demonstrators during battles near the Arc de Triomphe. Armored police vehicles have been set up near the monument to prevent demonstrators from going to the nearby Champs-Elysées

The Paris police say that at least 53 people were arrested before and during the protest in the French capital. They have also arrested a number of demonstrators during battles near the Arc de Triomphe. Armored police vehicles have been set up near the monument to prevent demonstrators from going to the nearby Champs-Elysées

Masked demonstrators stand amidst the smoke of tear gas bottles launched by anti-riot police in a street that was on its way to the Arena of Nimes during anti-government demonstrations. The vests are accompanied by extremists of the extreme right and ultralinks, as well as anarchists who want to do as much damage as possible

Masked demonstrators stand amidst the smoke of tear gas bottles launched by anti-riot police in a street that was on its way to the Arena of Nimes during anti-government demonstrations. The vests are accompanied by extremists of the extreme right and ultralinks, as well as anarchists who want to do as much damage as possible

Masked demonstrators stand amidst the smoke of tear gas bottles launched by anti-riot police in a street that was on its way to the Arena of Nimes during anti-government demonstrations. The vests are accompanied by extremists of the extreme right and ultralinks, as well as anarchists who want to do as much damage as possible

An automobile ban was introduced on the famous avenue. Saturday's actions came on a ninth weekend of yellow vest demonstrations to condemn the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron, whom protesters consider favoring the rich.

An automobile ban was introduced on the famous avenue. Saturday's actions came on a ninth weekend of yellow vest demonstrations to condemn the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron, whom protesters consider favoring the rich.

An automobile ban was introduced on the famous avenue. Saturday's actions came on a ninth weekend of yellow vest demonstrations to condemn the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron, whom protesters consider favoring the rich.

The ugly scenes came on the 9th Saturday in a row of violence that now routinely reduces the capital to a war zone, as on the protester dressed in a Panda suit was battered to the ground and carried away in distress

The ugly scenes came on the 9th Saturday in a row of violence that now routinely reduces the capital to a war zone, as on the protester dressed in a Panda suit was battered to the ground and carried away in distress

The ugly scenes came on the 9th Saturday in a row of violence that now routinely reduces the capital to a war zone, as on the protester dressed in a Panda suit was battered to the ground and carried away in distress

An injured demonstrator of the & # 39; Gilets Jaunes & # 39; (yellow cardigans) can be seen on the Place de l & # 39; Etoile, near the Arc de Triomphe

An injured demonstrator of the & # 39; Gilets Jaunes & # 39; (yellow cardigans) can be seen on the Place de l & # 39; Etoile, near the Arc de Triomphe

An injured demonstrator of the & # 39; Gilets Jaunes & # 39; (yellow cardigans) can be seen on the Place de l & # 39; Etoile, near the Arc de Triomphe

A French policeman holds a non-lethal, hand-held weapon (LBD40), because large parts of the Champs were deposited with armored worries and water cannons, but the Yellow Vests - which are named after their highly visible motorcycle jackets - still appeared in great numbers

A French policeman holds a non-lethal, hand-held weapon (LBD40), because large parts of the Champs were deposited with armored worries and water cannons, but the Yellow Vests - which are named after their highly visible motorcycle jackets - still appeared in great numbers

A French policeman holds a non-lethal, hand-held weapon (LBD40), because large parts of the Champs were deposited with armored worries and water cannons, but the Yellow Vests – which are named after their highly visible motorcycle jackets – still appeared in great numbers

The Vests have been protesting since 17 November and, despite a series of concessions from President Macron, including the scrapping of green taxes on diesel and petrol, he has asked him to resign. High-end stores, including luxury fashion boutiques, were held in Paris along with banks and post offices

The Vests have been protesting since 17 November and, despite a series of concessions from President Macron, including the scrapping of green taxes on diesel and petrol, he has asked him to resign. High-end stores, including luxury fashion boutiques, were held in Paris along with banks and post offices

The Vests have been protesting since 17 November and, despite a series of concessions from President Macron, including the scrapping of green taxes on diesel and petrol, he has asked him to resign. High-end stores, including luxury fashion boutiques, were held in Paris along with banks and post offices

"Macron Resign," cried the crowd, calling President Emmanuel Macron to step down, throw bottles and other missiles they could find.

Within minutes, huge white clouds of tear gas interfered with the area, covering rioters, as well as Saturday afternoon shoppers.

By 15, there had been 42 arrests in the Parisian areas, of many of suspected rioters who carried potential weapons.

Large sections of the Champs were closed off with armored care and water cannons, but the Yellow Vests – named after their well-visible motorcycle jackets – still occurred in large numbers.

There were similar demonstrations in other French towns and villages, because 80000 police and gendarmes were mobilized nationwide. Yellow vestactivists demonstrate peacefully in the center of Marseille, southern France

There were similar demonstrations in other French towns and villages, because 80000 police and gendarmes were mobilized nationwide. Yellow vestactivists demonstrate peacefully in the center of Marseille, southern France

There were similar demonstrations in other French towns and villages, because 80000 police and gendarmes were mobilized nationwide. Yellow vestactivists demonstrate peacefully in the center of Marseille, southern France

Masked demonstrators gesturing amid smoke from tear gas bottles launched by anti-riot police in a street heading for the Arena of Nimes

Masked demonstrators gesturing amid smoke from tear gas bottles launched by anti-riot police in a street heading for the Arena of Nimes

Masked demonstrators gesturing amid smoke from tear gas bottles launched by anti-riot police in a street heading for the Arena of Nimes

By 15, there had been 42 arrests in the Parisian areas, of many of suspected rioters who carried potential weapons. Large sections of the Champs were closed off with armored worries and water cannons, but the Yellow Vests - named after their well-visible motorcycle jackets - still appeared in large numbers

By 15, there had been 42 arrests in the Parisian areas, of many of suspected rioters who carried potential weapons. Large sections of the Champs were closed off with armored worries and water cannons, but the Yellow Vests - named after their well-visible motorcycle jackets - still appeared in large numbers

By 15, there had been 42 arrests in the Parisian areas, of many of suspected rioters who carried potential weapons. Large sections of the Champs were closed off with armored worries and water cannons, but the Yellow Vests – named after their well-visible motorcycle jackets – still appeared in large numbers

The independent Mr. Macron, leader of the Republic On The Move party, won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, but he now becomes the president of the rich & # 39; named with polls that show its popularity rating to only 18 percent

The independent Mr. Macron, leader of the Republic On The Move party, won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, but he now becomes the president of the rich & # 39; named with polls that show its popularity rating to only 18 percent

The independent Mr. Macron, leader of the Republic On The Move party, won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, but he now becomes the president of the rich & # 39; named with polls that show its popularity rating to only 18 percent

The world-famous Arc de Triomphe was heavily vandalized and had been sprayed with graffiti throughout December, creating national outrage.

Macron has since promised that any attempt to damage it will be treated with the "most serious action possible."

There were similar demonstrations in other French towns and villages, because 80000 police and gendarmes were mobilized nationwide.

The Vests have been protesting since 17 November and, despite a series of concessions from President Macron, including the scrapping of green taxes on diesel and petrol, he has asked him to resign.

High-end stores, including luxury fashion boutiques, were held in Paris along with banks and post offices.

The vests are accompanied by extremists of the extreme right and ultralinks, as well as anarchists who are out to do as much damage as possible.

Crisis ravaged Macron not only climbed on imposing green surcharges, but raised the national minimum wage by seven per sent and canceled tax on bonuses.

But the Yellow Vests said their protests would continue indefinitely as they campaigned for even more concessions.

The independent Macron, leader of the Republic On The Move party, won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, but he now becomes the president of the rich & # 39; named with polls that show its popularity to only 18 percent.

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