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Violent clashes erupted between anti-riot police and protestors in Paris after yellow vests demonstrators and anti-capitalist activists joined a climate change march.

Yellow vests (gilets jaunes); an anti-government movement took the streets in an attempt to revive their movement as climate change activists were marching on.

Black Bloc activists were also present with their black clothes, some with their faces covered in black masks.

The protestors set fire to bins and smashed the front windows of several shops.

Up to 7500 police officers were deployed to the streets of Paris to disperse the protestors who took advantage of the authorized climate demonstration and a separate trade union protest taking place elsewhere in the city.

Police used tear gas, shields and truncheons as they pushed back the protest. Police said at least 163 people had been arrested as of Saturday afternoon, and nearly 400 received €135 fines for demonstrating in a banned area.

Organized by NGOs and Greenpeace, “March for Climate” protestors were called to leave as “conditions for a non-violent march are not met.”

The Champs-Élysées, popular with tourists and Parisians alike, has been a focal point for the gilets jaunes since the movement against President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed economic reforms began. The protests, now in their 45th week, have proven an enduring challenge to Macron’s presidency.

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  1. Yellow Vests ran for the 2019 European Elections.
    They ended with… 0.57% of votes, sending zero MP to Brussels and not even reaching the 5% threshold to have your electoral campaign repaid by the state.
    These protests are not in their 45th week : there were barely none since May elections. If the movement may have gained some sympathy at the start, as doing protests and strikes and even clashing a little the CRS or Gendarmes Mobiles (riot police) is a national sport in France, they went way too far by devastating the centres of several cities and lost any popular support, thanks to their violent acts.

    Hijacking others protests, and moreover making violent actions, as it was the case here, is not serving their “cause”, moreover, spoiling the protest of a big NGO like Greenpeace makes them grilled in the NGO world where they could have found many sympathisers

    In fact, the only challenge faced is by the riot police to avoid as much as possible having these idiots ending with debilitating injuries or into a coffin after being at the receiving end of some tear-gas, Flashball, water-canon or bludgeon.
    Note that the arrests are not for protesting as doing protests is a constitutional right French widely use. It’s for their violent acts. Usually, it won’t go further than a 24 or 48h detention and/or a fine, unless you injured people (usually : the riot-cops) or did destructions to properties.

    NB : The Yellow-Vests were seen as sympathetic at the start, they’ve soon grown as a nuisance for the population, and are usually labelled as “casse-couilles” and “gros connards”[translations censored].
    Anyone giving importance to the movement definitively knows nothing about the French way of life where you’re seen as bizarre if you’re not criticizing everything, starting by the politicians which you will copiously insult on every opportunity. Protests and strikes are the real national sport, for the leftists, you’re not even seen as an “adult” if you’ve never thrown stones at the CRS or Gendarmes Mobiles. I’ve even red posts from idiots believing the Yellow-vests were the start of a civil-war in France, well, dream-on guys! With the social-security, healthcare, minimal incomes we are, if you live on the streets, it’s because you want it (or you’re an illegal). To give a little idea, even the Corsican separatists weren’t real separatists! In fact, they simply refused that the state wanted to “concrete” the shores like the Côte d’Azur to pack shïtloads of tourists every summer… So yeah, they bombed any new real-estate “development” site at night for a few decades until all of these projects were scrapped and the littoral gained a nature-site protection status. The FLNC even made the CIA believe that would they help ’em, they’d make Corsica an unsinkable aircraft carrier for USA, so yeah, you can see them posturing with mainly US made weapons :
    Oh, BTW, they warned all the Salafist oriented guys on the island that on any ISIS or AQ attack, they’ll do a fitna, Corsican style : burn all mosques, kill their whole families, chase all mussies like rabid dogs… Specialities on the island : poaching, no IRS centre : it has been moved on the continent : they used to blow it every week, nobody pays the taxes and no repo-men will come as soon you give a little money to FLNC from time to time.
    This is the Corsican folklore… ?????