France’s gilets jaunes movement has continued its national action for an eighth successive weekend with demonstrations across the country. In Paris, there were violent clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the Assemblée Nationale, the lower house of parliament on Saturday. Riot police forced demonstrators back using teargas after coming under a hail of projectiles. A restaurant boat on the Seine was set alight along with dozens of scooters and motorbikes. On the Boulevard Saint Germain in the centre of Paris, tourists looked on as a group of protesters, most of whom were not wearing the eponymous yellow vests, blocked the street with a barricade made of rubbish bins, barriers and Christmas trees from a nearby market, which they set alight.
(The Guardian, 5-1-2019)
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