107 detained in Paris protests, police used water cannons and tear gas

Source : 112 Ukraine

The city authorities mobilized about 5,000 policemen
19:20, 1 December 2018

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Clashes between protesters against the increase in fuel prices and the police took place in Paris, reports Le Figaro.

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.

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.

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"200 peaceful demonstrators are on the Champs Elysees. 1,500 violators outside the perimeter resort to clashes. Our police are already present and are repulsing attacks: there are 39 arrests already," the minister wrote on Twitter.

At the same time, local media reported on the use of water cannons and tear gas against demonstrators.

Automobile traffic on the Champs Elysees today is completely blocked, the city authorities mobilized about 5 thousand policemen.

Earlier, Paris authorities decided to close the Eiffel Tower for visitors due to the protest rally at the Champ de Mars. This is stated in a message posted on the site of the architectural monument.

'Protests will take place at Champ de Mars on Saturday, November 24, 2018. This event does not allow us to provide our visitors with the optimal security conditions. Therefore, it was decided to close the monument to the public on that day,' it said.

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