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Hundreds arrested after Paris protest riot


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

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

Riot police officers near the Arc de Triomphe (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

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.

Demonstrators stand on top of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees during a demonstrationDemonstrators stand on top of the Arc de Triomphe (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

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

Demonstrators build a barricade near the Champs-Elysees during a demonstrationDemonstrators build a barricade near the Champs-Elysees (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

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


Source : HeraldScotland

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