Paris is on lockdown as armed police battle to contain ‘yellow vest’ demonstrators with more than 700 arrests so far today in the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations over living costs and proposed tax rises in France.
Dozens of streets in central Paris were closed to traffic, while the Eiffel Tower and world-famous museums such as the Musee d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre were closed.
Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as ‘yellow vests’ continue to demand more concessions from the government after Macron’s U-turn on the fuel tax.
Many shops were boarded up to avoid looting, and street furniture and construction site materials have been removed to prevent them from being used as projectiles. About 89,000 police were deployed across the country.
Of these, about 8,000 were deployed in Paris to avoid a repeat of last Saturday’s mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe monument with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron.