The French riot police now use semi-automatic weapons with live ammunition against the demonstrators of Yellow Vest, because Macron's law-and-order crisis spirals
- Officers were burned today with weapons by Arc de Triomphe in Paris
- The riot police today was able to control the crowd against a gang Gilet Jaunes
- Guns at demonstration by unarmed civilians show how Macron is a crisis intensifies
- Last week, former conservative mister live fire said to be used on & # 39; criminals & # 39;
Sophie Law for Mailonline
The French riot police deployed semi-automatic weapons with sharp ammunition against the demonstrators of Yellow Vest for the first time.
Officers were filmed with wielding weapons from Heckler & Koch G36 by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday afternoon.
The presence of semi-automatic rifles during a demonstration by unarmed French citizens shows how the order and order crisis of President Emmanuel Macron spirals.
It comes after the former conservative minister Luc Ferry calls to use live fire against the villains & # 39; of the Yellow Vest movement that he says & # 39; beat the police & # 39 ;.
The French riot police deployed semi-automatic weapons with sharp ammunition against the demonstrators of Yellow Vest for the first time
The riot police today was able to control the crowd against a gang of Gilet Jaunes or Yellow Vests – named after the bright, well-visible clothing.
Live ammunition 30 Carthusian magazines were seen as officers marching through the streets, although none were used because 5000 police were deployed in the streets of the French capital.
Yellow Vest protester Gilles Caron said: "The CRS with the guns wore hellosters and bulletproof vests – they were not a specialized firearm unit.
Their task was simply to threaten us with deadly weapons in a way that is very disturbing. We deserve some explanation. & # 39;
The CRS are known for their harsh approach to police work, often using distinctive wide barrel guns to fire projectiles with a flashball and tear gas bottles.
But until now, the weapons used were mainly associated with specialized military units, as well as with the elite GIPN police intervention units and BAC's anti-criminal brigade.
The CRS are known for their harsh approach to police work, often using distinctive wide barrel guns to fire projectiles with a flash ball and tear gas bottles.
A spokesman for the French National Police confirmed that the CRS was equipped with H & K G36 & # 39; s on Saturday, but that it would not discuss their operational use for safety reasons.
A G36 was stolen from inside a police van during a similar Yellow Vest demonstration by the Arc de Triomphe on 1 December.
A number of vehicles of the 21stIntervention Company of the Paris prefecture were stormed, suggesting that the theft was opportunistic during a day of intense violence when the Arc de Triomphe itself was destroyed.
Last week, Luc Ferry, who was the French minister of education in the early 2000s, responded to a series of attacks on the police by asking the Yellow Vests for live fire against them.
A spokesman for the French National Police confirmed that the CRS was equipped on Saturday with H & K G36 & # 39; s
Mr. Ferry, now a full-time philosopher, said: "What I do not understand is that we do not give the police any means to put an end to this violence."
Then it was suggested that firearms could lead to injury or worse, Ferry said: "Then what? Listen, frankly, if you see how an unhappy policeman hits the ground, they have to use their weapons once and for all! That's enough. & # 39;
The police were attacked on Saturday in large cities, including Paris, in an Act 9 Day of Rage by Yellow Vests, who committed to continue their campaign demanding social, political and economic reform for an indefinite period of time.
Mr Macron's government has acted harshly against their methods and has issued a new anti-riot law to address them.