Hundreds Arrested After Paris Protests

Hundreds Arrested After Paris Protests

More than 100 people were injured and 412 have been arrested during France’s worst urban riot in years in central Paris.

The 133 people injured during Saturday’s protest included 23 police officers, police added.

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Some 378 of the arrested have been put in police custody after the violence that tore apart parts of central Paris.

A protest against rising taxes and the high cost of living turned into a riot in the French capital, as activists wearing yellow jackets torched cars, smashed windows, looted shops and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with multi-coloured graffiti.

French President Emmanuel Macron will hold an emergency meeting on security with the prime minister and the interior minister.

He has vowed that those responsible for the violence will pay for their actions.

The mayor of Paris’ 8th district Jeanne d’Hauteserre said: “We are in a state of insurrection, I’ve never seen anything like it”.

The popular rebellion erupted out of nowhere on November 17 and spread quickly via social media, with protesters in yellow vests blocking roads across France and impeding access to shopping malls, factories and some fuel depots.

Hundreds Arrested After Paris Protests

The protests began as a backlash against Macron’s fuel tax hikes, but have tapped into a vein of deep dissatisfaction felt towards Macron’s economic reforms, which many voters feel favour the wealthy and big business.

Unrest erupted in several towns and cities across France, from Charleville Mezieres in the northeast to Marseille in the south.

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