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514 people arrested during Gilets jaunes protests in Paris

In general, the situation on the Champs Elysées is calm, although there were a few minor clashes with the police in the morning
15:51, 8 December 2018

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514 people are already arrested during protests in Paris. It is reported by Le Figaro, referring to the data of Paris Prefectural Police.

It is reported that 272 people are already in custody.

Journalists note that, in general, the situation on the Champs Elysees is calm, there were several minor clashes with the police in the morning.

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Protesters today also blocked traffic for some time on the Paris ring road, but the police pushed aside the "yellow vests" and unblocked the movement.

It is also reported that protesters blocked the shopping centers in the St. Etienne and threatened to seize them.

We note that Ukrainian politician Andriy Shkil, who lives in Paris, posted a photo that shows two men in yellow vests holding the flag of the so-called DNR - a terrorist organization operating in the occupied territories of Donetsk region.

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A government official said 89,000 police and gendarmes would be mobilised across the country, 8,000 of them in the French capital, alongside a dozen VBRG armoured vehicles.

“We are facing people who are not there to demonstrate but are there to smash things up and we want to make sure we’re not leaving them to do what they want,” Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in an attempt to justify the use of the VBRG, which are capable of firing tear-gas grenades and clearing barricades and rarely used in city areas.

Paris went into lockdown on Friday, as the city prepared for the fourth weekend of protests. There was a sense of impending attack in the city centre as banks, shops, restaurants, and businesses rushed to board up their premises to protect windows from looters.

As it was reported, the gilet jaunes movement started as a protest against a proposed rise in diesel and petrol tax and takes its name from the yellow high-vis jackets that all motorists must by law carry in their cars. Protesters gathered on the Champs Elysées demanding from the French President to cancel plans to raise taxes on fuel, which from January 1 will lead to higher prices.

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