Police clash with anti-government protesters in France
Thousands of demonstrators marched throughout France on the 43rd consecutive weekend of Yellow Vest protests against the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron.
Police detained 89 demonstrators in the capital Paris, saying on Twitter that their march was illegal.
Seven were arrested in Montpellier after protesters set a police vehicle on fire; 26 were arrested in Rouen when police used pepper spray on protesters.
French media reported the Yellow Vests were trying to protest near the iconic Champs Elysee which was banned by authorities in spring after it turned into a major hotspot for similar rallies.
Some 800 people were protesting in the capital in other locations. The biggest demonstration of the day was in the southern city of Montpellier where more than 2,000 people took to the streets. Police used tear gas to disperse some of the protesters who threw stones and Molotov cocktails. An empty police car was set on fire. In Normandy Rouen, 26 people were arrested and 100 received citations as they disobeyed the city’s ban on demonstrations downtown.
In France, Police clashed today with anti-government protesters seeking to inject fresh momentum into demonstrations calling for social justice and the ouster of President Emmanuel Macron. During clashes between police and protesters, officers fired tear gas to try to disperse the crowd and a firebomb wrecked an unoccupied police car. Several storefronts were vandalised and police said seven people had been detained.
According to Officials, around 2,000 (two thousand) people gathered in the centre of the southern city of Montpellier. Meanwhile, organisers claimed their numbers at closer to 5,000 (Five thousand).
On the other hand, smaller rallies took place in other cities around France, including Paris, Marseille, Rouen, Lille, Strasbourg, Dijon and Toulouse