Hundreds arrested as protesters march on presidential palace
89,000 security forces have been deployed across France as anti-government protests continue on Saturday.
Hundreds have been arrested in Paris, where demonstrators are marching up the Champs-Elysees.
The ‘yellow vest’ movement began as a backlash to a rise in fuel taxes but has come to encompass general anger and disillusionment with the government and the cost of living in France.
President Emmanuel Macron’s administration has warned that some “ultra-violent” demonstrators may hijack the fresh wave of protests.
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The “yellow vest” movement has crossed borders and is gathering momentum in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Hundreds of police officers have been deployed in Brussels, where rallies are taking place today outside the main European Union institutions.
Police officers are seizing protective equipment from journalists and barring some protesters from boarding trains to Paris, as part of security measures designed to prevent rioting.
Officers positioned at train stations around France are under orders to verify all passengers and turn away equipment that could be used to “cause damage to people or property”, a national police spokesperson said.
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Christophe Castaner, France’s Interior Minister, has urged peaceful protesters to avoid “hooligans”.
“The troublemakers can only be effective when they disguise themselves as yellow vests,” he told online news site Brut.
“Violence is never a good way to get what you want. Now is the time for discussion.”
211 people have been arrested in Paris after police found them carrying weapons such as hammers, baseball bats and metal balls.
Police in Paris have fired tear gas at a group of yellow vested protesters who tried to march on the French presidential palace
Prized monuments, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum, have been closed as demonstrators march through central the French capital
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