Fires, tear gas as French Yellow Vests stage first Saturday protest since Notre-Dame blaze

Zakaria Abdelkafi, AFP | Protesters walk next to burning planks of wood as they take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the 'Yellow Vests' movement, on April 20, 2019 in Paris.

French Yellow Vest protesters set fires Saturday along a march through Paris to drive home their message to a government they believe is ignoring the poor: rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn't the only problem France needs to solve.

  • The Paris police headquarters said authorities detained 227 people carried out more than 20,500 spot checks.

  • Police fired tear gas and stun grenades amid tensions at a march of several thousand people from France's Finance Ministry toward the Place de la République plaza in eastern Paris.

  • The violence contrasted sharply with the peaceful atmosphere at another march through Paris, where demonstrators mourned the Notre-Dame blaze while also keeping up the pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, who is expected to unveil new policies aimed at appeasing the Yellow Vests in a speech on Thursday.

  • It's the first Yellow Vest demonstration since the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral earlier this week.

  • The protests throughout the country were on the whole considerably less violent and destructive than anticipated by authorities.



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