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Tear gas and baton charges were used by French police on thousands of Yellow Vest protestors threatening the Arc de Triomphe in Paris today during more mass anti-government demonstrations.
The ugly scenes came on the 9th Saturday in a row of violence that now routinely reduces the capital city to a war zone.
Paris - Epicentre - Street - Clashes - Vandalism
In Paris, epicentre of the fiery street clashes and vandalism that have made global headlines, 5,000 riot police were on hand, using tall barricades and armoured vehicles to lock down the central Place de la Concorde and surrounding districts.
Hundreds of officers were also on guard on the Champs-Elysees, where banks, jewellery stores and other shops had boarded up windows in anticipation of renewed looting and violence.
Cafes - Retailers - Avenue - Business - Thousands
Yet many cafes and retailers on the iconic avenue remained open for business, as several thousands of protesters marched calmly from the Place de la Bastille toward the Arc de Triomphe early in the afternoon.
'Macron Resign', the crowd chanted, as they called for President Emmanuel Macron to resign, throwing bottles and any other missiles they could find.
Minutes - Clouds - Gas - Area - Rioters
Within minutes huge white clouds of tear gas were smothering the area, covering rioters, as well as Saturday afternoon shoppers.
By 3pm there had been 42 arrests in the Paris areas, many of them of suspected rioters carrying potential weapons.
Parts - Champs - Cares - Water - Cannons
Large parts of the Champs had been blocked off using armoured cares and water cannons, but the Yellow Vests...
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