A new series of ‘Yellow Vest’ protests rocked Paris Saturday with authorities confirming reports of looting and violence along the iconic Champs-Elysees; marking the 18th week demonstrators have marched against the French government’s crippling taxes and lack of fuel across the country.
“French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores in Paris and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees avenue,” reports the Associated Press.
“The resurgent violence comes at a watershed moment for a movement, which had been fizzling in recent weeks, and at the end of a two-month-long national debate called by Macron that protesters say failed to answer their demands for economic justice,” adds the report.
DEVELOPING: ‘Yellow Vest’ Movement Hits UK, Brexit Activists ‘SHUT DOWN’ Tower Bridge
The iconic ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrations that have rocked the French capital for weeks spread to the United Kingdom Friday; where pro-Brexit activists shut down the world-famous Tower Bridge.
According to the Daily Mail, dozens of demonstrators took over three bridges in central London this week; demanding Theresa May’s government take action as negotiations with the European Union appear to have completely stalled in recent days.
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Yellow vest-wearing pro-Leave protestors block Westminster Bridge in London chanting 'Brexit now!' https://t.co/eIFNNWxYTT
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“Campaigners chanting ‘Brexit now’ stopped cars from crossing Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge and then Waterloo Bridge as Theresa May held crunch talks with EU leaders in Brussels,” writes the Daily Mail.
FRANCE BRACES: Security Forces Deployed as Yellow Vest Protesters Eye Versailles
French authorities are bracing for another weekend of violent demonstrations throughout the country, with Yellow Vest organizers eyeing the ex-royal city of Versailles as their next target in the anti-Macron movement.
“The Versailles chateau and gardens, a symbol of French state power and one of Europe’s top tourist attractions, will be closed on Saturday as authorities expect hundreds of protesters in the wealthy suburb, 20 km (12 miles) west of Paris,” writes Reuters.
Thousands of demonstrators have shut down key tourist attractions throughout Paris -such as the Eiffel Tower- as well as bridges, highways, and toll booths across France.
Versailles was a historically pivotal site during the 1789 French Revolution that ultimately led to the end of Royal-rule dating back centuries.
Read the full report at Reuters.