At least 193 demonstrators were arrested by the “yellow vests” this Saturday on a new day of protest to demand changes in the French political system. Security forces used tear gas against the protesters who set street furniture on fire to make it difficult for vehicles to pass through northwest Paris.
The Paris public prosecutor has reported that 54 of those arrested are still in custody. Police are widespread in the Champs Elysees region and have posted photos on social networks of knives, masks and a bow confiscated during the clashes.
A demonstration had also been called in Toulouse, which was banned by the authorities because of the risk of infection with coronavirus as a preventive measure.
The left opposition leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon has congratulated the “yellow vests” on mobilizing. “Bravo for the submissive gift at the demonstration of the ‘yellow vest’,” wrote Mélenchon on Twitter in a message in which he asked for silence.