Paris police detained over 500 people Saturday as fresh anti-government “Yellow Vest” protests hit the capital, with similar protests taking place all over France. The protests began on November 17 with road blockades against rising fuel prices but have since ballooned into a mass movement against Macron’s policies and top-down style of governing.
Coordinated protests were taking place across the country on Saturday, including on numerous motorways, causing havoc on the national road network.
Police carried out checks on people arriving at train stations and at protest hotspots such as the Champs-Élysées and the Bastille monument. Among them were dozens arrested for carrying masks, hammers, slingshots and rocks that could be used to attack police.