Paris on lockdown for gilets jaunes protests

French troops deployed in Paris amid ‘yellow vest’ protest

French troops deployed in Paris amid ‘yellow vest’ protest

Police deployed tear gas and stun grenades after getting cornered, with some agitators starting to throw plastic bottles.

Workers hammered plywood over the windows of shops and businesses, making the plush Champs-Elysees neighborhood appear to be bracing for a hurricane. Angry protesters on Saturday tried to rip the boards off.

About 100 have been detained, many for possessing unsafe objects like fireworks or wearing clothing that could be used as protection in clashes with police.

Mr Macron's government warned that Saturday's "yellow vest" protests in Paris will be hijacked by "radicalised and rebellious" crowds and become the most unsafe yet after three weeks of demonstrations.

We will keep you up to date with developments throughout the day after last weekend's protests saw the capital's worst street unrest in more than half a century and France's young centrist president, Emmanuel Macron, faces the stiffest challenge of his term so far. The city subway system was shut down in the center of town.

The Élysée Palace, seat of President Emmanuel Macron, announced to French media they are expecting "great violence" on Saturday as Yellow Vest protestors have announced "Act IV" of their almost four-week-long protest against the Macron regime that was initially sparked by a rise in fuel taxes, franceinfo reports.

While the demonstrations have carried on for a third week in a row, there was less violence this week than last week.

Three Associated Press journalists had gas masks and protective goggles confiscated by police despite carrying government-issued press cards.

Police posted a video on Twitter of officers tackling a protester and confiscating his risky material, which appeared to be primarily a tennis racket.

"If the Yellow Vests want to march for the climate, that's even better and we welcome them with pleasure".

Protesters wearing yellow vests wave flares and French flags near the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.

In anticipation of Saturday's protests, multiple stores and restaurants around the famous Champs Elysees Avenue will also remain closed.

Officials estimated that 8,000 protesters had made their way to Paris from across France, among 31,000 turning out nationwide - numbers similar to a week ago.

Authorities deployed barricade-busting armoured vehicles and 8,000 police in the capital alone.

A Yellow Vests leader detained in Grenoble.

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"We're asking him to meet us to negotiate on spending power, which is what underpins all this anger", Mr Cauchy said.

Denis, a 30-year-old forklift driver, travelled to Paris for the first time Saturday to make his voice heard after three weeks at the barricades in the Normandy port of Caen.

"We have prepared a robust response, ' Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Saturday".

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday evening met a delegation of self-described "moderate" yellow vests who have urged people not to join the protests.

This, however, failed to stop the protests, which have been under way since November 17. Christmas markets, national soccer matches and countless other events have been canceled or hurt by the protests.

Other pictures show rioters with their eyes streaming after tear gas was unleashed on the protesters.

The yellow vest movement is crossing borders, with demonstrations planned in neighboring Belgium and in the Netherlands.

President Trump meanwhile twisted the knife, tweeting Saturday morning: "The Paris Agreement isn't working out so well for Paris". He said the demonstrations illustrate why he didn't sign the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

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