At least 354 people have been detained during the hours leading up to the new concentration of the movement ‘yellow vests’ on the Champs Elysees in Paris, in silence, at the beginning of the fourth consecutive weekend of protests and following the order of the French Government of «Shield» Paris against possible riots like last week.
After the arrests, the crowd has limited itself to sing La Marseillaise before the police cordon of the Champs Elysees, without making an attempt to skip control.
Elsewhere in the country, police have seized baseball bats and petanque balls owned by some of the members of the roadblocks that the vests have reinstalled on some motorways, according to photos of the security forces collected. for ‘Le Figaro’.
In Bordeaux, the A10 is closed in both directions between the exchanges of Ambès north of Bordeaux and Blaye-Montendre. This closure is due to pallet fires caused by ‘yellow vests’ during the night, reports France Blue.
The A7 and A6 are also blocked between Mâcon and Villefranche-sur-Saône, according to the newspaper Saône-et-Loire. On the A9 the entrances and exits have been restricted to the south of Narbonne.
The Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, has visited the Ministry of the Interior at 10.00 am to give his first evaluation of the morning before the holder of the portfolio, Christophe Castaner.
Thousands of security agents from France have been prepared during the early hours of this Saturday for the new protests.
The Eiffel Tower and other important tourist attractions remain closed. On the other hand, most of the businesses located in the center of the capital have reinforced their protections and security measures to prevent looting. Urban furniture, on the other hand, has been removed to prevent metal bars from being used as projectiles.
Some 89,000 police officers have been deployed throughout the country. Of these, some 8,000 have been sent to Paris to avoid a repeat of the chaos of last Saturday, when several rioters burned cars and robbed stores on the famous boulevard of the Champs Elysees, in addition to scratching the Arc de Triomphe with messages addressed to the president Emmanuel Macron.
Through social networks, protesters have described this weekend as the «Fourth Act» of a dramatic challenge to Macron and its policies.