Around 400 arrested, scores injured as France deploys backup police forces into Paris to tackle Yellow Vest protests
YEREVAN, DECEMBER 3, ARMENPRESS. Protesters angry about rising fuel taxes clashed with French police for a third straight weekend and scores were arrested after demonstrators, known as the Yellow Vests, built barricades in central Paris, lit fires and threw rocks at officers Saturday, France24 reported.
Approximately 75,000 protesters took to the streets across the country in the weekend, the French interior ministry said.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe earlier said that 378 protesters have been arrested in Paris.
He said that around 1500 people were demonstrating around the Champs-Elysees Avenue. Protesters piled up various kinds of materials in the middle of a street near the Arc de Triomphe and set the debirs on fire, according to France24.
More than 130 people, including 23 police officers, have been injured.
Authorities have deployed thousands of backup police forces into Paris.
"We are in a state of insurrection, I've never seen anything like it," said Jeanne d'Hauteserre, the mayor of Paris' 8th district, near the Arc de Triomphe, according to France24.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan