French Minister 'Disgusted' by Yellow Vest Attacks

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 11, 2019

Large numbers of riot police patrolled the streets of the city, fired tear gas at protesters, and arrested at least one protester.

As scuffles broke out in front of the National Assembly and French police responded with tear gas, paramedics huddled around the injured protester at the National Assembly gates, providing emergency treatment and stopping bystanders from getting too close. A Sputnik France correspondent who covered the rally on Saturday captured on video a vehicle with the Vigipirate logo being engulfed in flames.

There was also an arson attack on the home of the head of France's National Assembly, though it was not clear if the attack was linked to the protests.

According to figures published by France's interior ministry, there were 12,100 protesters in total, 4,000 of them in Paris. down on the previous week's figures.

"Every day the military ... protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism".

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner went to Twitter to express his "disgust" as protesters set alight an anti-terror military vehicle.

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"We mustn't give up", said pensioner Serge Mairesse, from Aubervilliers, just outside Paris.

The man, 30, was treated in hospital after a French police grenade exploded as he tried to bat it away with his hand while rioters attempted to storm the national assembly in Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron - the target of many demonstrators' anger - seems to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the movement with a national political debate. Recent polls show Macron's approval ratings rising.

Many Gilet Jaunes - named after the yellow vests they have symbolically worn - now say they are intent on bringing down Macron's Government.

"A Right-wing group of Yellow Vests attacked a Left-wing one, and the result was carnage", one protester who witnessed the confrontation told reporters, according to the Daily Mail Sunday.

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