French ambulance workers join protests in Paris as crisis talks held

French ambulance workers join protests in Paris as crisis talks held

Saturday's anti-government clashes between demonstrators and police led to some 183 arrests and left at least 100 people injured, including law enforcement officers.

While Saturday's protest by the "Yellow Vest" movement had a smaller turnout than those before it, the protests were the most destructive, filling Paris' famous streets and monuments streets with riot police and tear gas.

By Saturday afternoon, a large part of central Paris was locked down by police, with all roads leading away from the Arc closed off as more police moved in.

The French government has no plans now to impose a state of emergency over the "yellow vest" protests which caused chaos and destruction in Paris over the weekend, junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said Monday.

The president and his ministers must now decide what action to take in response to a turn of events that in its drama and violence has shocked the country.

Crowds of protesters gathering at the Arc de Triomphe earlier found the Champs-Elysees locked down with police manning barricades and water cannon.

Immediately after coming to power, he pushed through tax cuts for entrepreneurs and high-earners - policies that have become a lightning rod for anger among the so-called "gilets jaunes" or "yellow vests".

Several hundreds of peaceful protesters passed through police checkpoints to reach the Champs-Elysees.

Reports have indicated the CRS, the French riot police, used "grenades" to gain control of the Parisian streets and stop the protesters.

Demonstrators claim that they've finally had their fill of Macron's overbearing nanny state, and that a recently introduced package of taxes and regulations meant to curb fossil fuel consumption by dramatically increasing the price of gasoline were the last straw in their dissatisfaction with Macron's government.

Dramatic protests have been continuing for hours in the French capital.

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Protests began on November 17 and quickly grew thanks to social media, with protesters blocking roads across France and impeding access to shopping malls, factories and some fuel depots.

On his return from the G20 summit in Argentina, Macron paid an immediate visit to the Arc de Triomphe, the 19th-century arch that towers over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and avenues nearby where cars had been torched and luxury shops pillaged.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged the protesters to go home in a tweet.

The Elysee's statement said that Macron asked Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to meet with the heads of France's major political parties and representatives from the grassroots movement behind the protests, "with a concern for dialogue".

The yellow vests get their name from the high-visibility jackets all motorists in France must carry in their vehicles.

At the Arc de Triomphe, he saw the graffiti targeting him and his government sprayed on the outside, and inside the devastation in the ticketing and reception areas, which had been ransacked by rioters.

"He has to come down off his pedestal", she said under cold rain on the Champs Elysees.

Protesters set fire to six buildings and almost 190 blazes had to be put out across Paris, according to the French Interior Ministry.

The demonstrators say Macron's government does not care about the problems of ordinary people.

It has supporters across the political spectrum, from far left to far right, although Mr Macron has accused his political opponents of hijacking the movement in order to block his reform programme.

"It's hard to reach the end of the month".

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