Water cannons, tear gas and barricades, the demonstration in Paris of "yellow vests" against the rise in fuel prices degenerated a few meters from the Arc de Triomphe. Clashes began when protesters attempted to force the security perimeter around Place de la Concorde and the Elysée Palace.
Violence on the Champs-Elysées
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and right-wing leader Marine Le Pen blame each other for being responsible for the violence.
"Today, the ultra-right has mobilized." said Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner in a press point. "I see since this morning through this mobilization of the ultra-deep, it is that deep seditious responded to the call including Marine Le Pen and want to attack the institutions as they want to attack to parliamentarians of the majority. "
For its part, the leader of the extreme right returns the ball to the government she accuses "to organize the tension." Marine Le Pen immediately said she had "never called for any violence whatsoever": "I questioned the government Friday to know the reasons why the yellow vests could not demonstrate on the Champs-Elysees. I have obviously never called for any violence whatsoever, "said LCI President of the National Rally (RN, former FN).
Weakening of mobilization
23,000 demonstrators were counted throughout France, against 124,000 last week at the same time, said the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner, highlighting the "weakening" of the mobilization at the national level.
At least 5000 yellow vests were gathered on the pavements of the mythical Parisian avenue. Several protesters were arrested.