French protesters seriously damaged one of the symbols of France - the Arc de Triomphe during their rally on Saturday, December 1, Le Figaro reports.
Established in 1836, the monument became one of the epicenters of clashes during the protests of the so-called "yellow vests," which oppose the increase in fuel taxes.
The protesters inscribed the walls of the monument with various slogans like “Macron's resignation,” “Yellow vests celebrating triumph.” Statues and decoration of the monument were also damaged.
In turn, the French president said that "there are no reasons to justify the desecration of the Arc de Triomphe."
The French police detained 107 people on Saturday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
According to him, 5,500 people participate in protest actions in Paris, organized by the Yellow Vests movement, and 36,000 people protest in France.
French Interior Minister Christoph Castagne earlier reported that 39 people were detained during the clashes.
From January 1, 2019, the tax on diesel fuel in France will increase by 6.5%, and by 2.9% on gasoline. At the beginning of this year, taxes have already been raised by 7.6% and 2.9%, respectively.
The government declares that this will not only help to fill the treasury but also is beneficial for the ecology and health of the French, who may start using bicycles and walking more.
Diesel fuel in France has already risen in price by 16% this year, one liter on average costs 1.48 euros. The 95th gasoline increased in price by 5% to 1.47 euro/liter.
Although the tax increase will lead to a new rise in prices, Prime Minister categorically denied the opportunity to abandon this idea.