France prepares & # 39; last resort & # 39; chemical weapon for that can be smothered around Paris to keep the Yellow Vest rioters away from important buildings while protests against Macron continue
- French security forces could smother the center of Paris with debilitating powder
- Chemicals can be spread in ten seconds over an area of six football fields
- Police desperate after five weekends of & # 39; Yellow Vest & # 39; riots in France
- Only Paris saw 168 arrests at the police with water cannons, sticks and tear gas
Peter Allen in Paris for MailOnline
French security forces are ready to smother the center of Paris with a & # 39; last resort & # 39; chemical weapon in an attempt to keep protesters away from important buildings, it has emerged.
Stunning revelations about the grueling powder – which can spread over an area the size of six football fields in just ten seconds – underline the increasing desperation of the government of President Emmanuel Macron, who faces a law and order crisis.
The country has been hit by five consecutive weeks of violence, fueled by the Protestant movement Yellow Vests, which has allowed national monuments, including the Arc de Triomphe, to be plundered.
French riot police spread protesters with tear gas during a protest by the Yellow Vests movement against rising cost of living that they accuse on high taxes in Paris on Saturday
There were 168 arrests in Paris, only on Saturday, when the protesters – named after their high visibility jackets – fought for battles with the police, who reacted with water cannon, batonkosten and tear gas.
Now senior officers have confirmed that some of the 14 armored cars that were used by gendarmes contain a radical device that is only used as a last resort & # 39; against their own citizens.
A pistol-like distributor on the turrets of the vehicle can spray the powder over 430,500 square feet in ten seconds, reports Marianne magazine.
The harmful product with a high density contains the same capacity as 200 tear gas grenades and is designed to eliminate people in the emergency noise without interruption.
A source at the police prefecture in Paris said: & # 39; If a large crowd pushes barriers through the security perimeter, the powder would be used as a last resort to stop them. & # 39;
France was hit by five consecutive weeks of violence by the Protestant movement Yellow Vests which searched national monuments including the Arc de Triomphe
There were 168 arrests in Paris, only on Saturday, when the protesters fought for battles with the police, who responded with water cannon, batonkosten and tear gas.
But it is certain to raise questions about civil rights organizations, as well as with supervisory organizations, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is based in The Hague, of which France is a member.
Colonel Richard Carminache, from the Gendarmerie, confirmed that the controversial devices have never been used in the city as far as I know & # 39 ;.
Each distribution would result in a highly concentrated tear gas cloud, the equivalent of 200 grenades at once & # 39 ;, said Col. Carminache, who added: & # 39; It is best to run away to get out & # 39 ;.
Teargas is classified as a chemical weapon and is actually banned from war zones, in accordance with international agreements.
Nevertheless, French gendarmes and police – who have been criticized during the last law and order crisis for acts of extreme violence against civilians – constantly use it.
In Great Britain, the use of tear gas is severely limited and never used without distinction against large groups of men, women and children, such as in France.