No fewer than 122 people have been arrested during clashes with police in Paris on Saturday as part of a new round of “yellow vest” protests, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
Speaking at the Paris police’s command centre, Philippe said 36,000 people were protesting across France, including 5,500 in the capital.
Riot police have fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon at fuel hike protesters who tried to breach security cordons on the Champs Elysees boulevard.
The latest violent clashes on Saturday morning, which saw at least 122 people arrested, came ahead of a third rally in the French capital in as many weeks over rising taxes and President Emmanuel Macron‘s government.
Several hundred people gathered under the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysees and sat down to sing the French national anthem before chanting “Macron resign”.
Police said the arrests were made amid concerns violent far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the “yellow vests” movement.