PARIS is on lockdown as 1,000 protests are arrested and 135 are injured during riots in 'Day of Rage' across France.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the violence in Paris was "under control" by 6pm local time, despite scattered tensions.

  During the 'yellow vests' demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe

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During the 'yellow vests' demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe

He described the clashes as "totally unacceptable", and said 135 people were injured on Saturday, including 17 police officers.

"Exceptional" security measures allowed to close to 1,000 people in custody.

Casatan estimated there were 10,000 yellow protesters in Paris alone, with some 125,000 protesters around the country.

  Police guard on a side street during the 'yellow vests' demonstration on the Champs-Elysées

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Police guard on a side street during the 'yellow vests' demonstration on the Champs-Elysées

Protesters smashed store windows, set fires around Paris, and clashed with police, who fired tear gas throughout the day in the French capital.

Earlier in the day "Yellow vest" demonstrators squared up to thousands of cops on the Champs Eylsees boulevard.

Dozens of French riot police backed by an armored vehicle charged the protesters, firing tear gas beneath the sparkling lights of one of the world's most elegant avenues.

  Protests march in the 'yellow vests' demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe

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Protests march in the 'yellow vests' demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe

Demonstrator in yellow vests carried a huge banner calling for President Emmanuel Macron to resign and for France to hold an emergency election.Protesters appeared to throw flares as they responded with tear gas.

The confrontation came to an end in Paris on Saturday and unprecedented.

  Smoke of tear gas is seen as protestors, including some wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune), gather on Place de la Republique

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Smoke of tear gas is seen as protestors, including some wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune), gather on Place de la Republique
  An armored military vehicle drives down the Champs-Elysees avenue

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An armored military vehicle drives down the Champs-Elysees avenue
  The Place de la Republique as protesters wearing yellow vests gather during a national day of protest

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The Place de la Republique as protesters wearing yellow vests gather during a national day of protest
  A car is overturned by protesters who have been clapping with cops today

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A car is overturned by protesters who have been clapping with cops today

90,000 riot cops try and tackle today's ferocious battle for the streets.

Dramatic pictures show French cops hurling tear gas canisters and wielding water cannons as they try to calm angry at the high cost of living under President Emmanuel Macron, and a proposed fuel price rise.

  Fires burn throughout the city as protester rampage

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Fires burn throughout the city as protester rampage
  Riot police on a fire during a protest of Yellow vest

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Riot police on a fire during a protest of Yellow vest

Protesters chanted "Macron Resign" and "Police Everywhere – Justice Nowhere" as they were joined by extremists from the Far Right and the Ultra-Left.

The violence has been spilled from France into Belgium and the Netherlands today, as around 700 people have been detained across Europe.

  Water cannons are being used against protesters across Europe as they take on riot cops

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Water cannons are being used against protesters across Europe as they take on riot cops
  A large crowd of protesters are being pushed back with water canons

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A large crowd of protesters are being pushed back with water canons
  A demonstrator wearing a yellow vest covered in blood after getting injured during the protest

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A demonstrator wearing a yellow vest covered in blood after getting injured during the protest

Reports say they have been taken in Brussels for carrying fireworks or protective clothing, while in Amsterdam.

Smashed in the French capital fires lit, while you arrested just over 600 people in Paris by 2pm.

Potential weapons including gas cannisters, flash ball guns, baseball bats, and petanque balls have been confiscated on the so-called "Act 4" day of action.

A police source said: "477 have been placed under formal investigation, out of a total of more than 600 arrests."

  A woman is sprayed in the face in Brussels

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A woman is sprayed in the face in Brussels
  Protesters gather behind a burning car in Paris

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Protesters gather behind a burning car in Paris
  Groups of protesters take on riot cops in Brussels

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Groups of protesters take on riot cops in Brussels
  Smoke billows from the center of Paris as the protests rage on

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Smoke billows from the center of Paris as the protests rage on
  A car is set on fire as the protests take over the French capital

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A car is set on fire as the protests take over the French capital
  Shop windows have been smashed this afternoon as thousands of rioters take to the street

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Shop windows have been smashed this afternoon as thousands of rioters take to the street

The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musee d'Orsay and the Center Pompidou have been forced to shut down as the violence continues.

Cops said there are around 1,500 protesters on the Champs Elysees boulevard alone, with about 8,000 across the city.

The Yellow Vests said their protests would continue indefinitely as they campaign for even more tax reductions.

There have been calls for a State of Emergency to be announced, and for the Army to take to the streets.

The current spate of Paris violence is considered the worst since the Spring of 1968, when President Charles de Gaulle's government feared a full-blown revolution.

Police are using snatch squads to seize troublemakers and are more mobile around the city, BBC reports.

Saturday, June 13, 2012 The Chaos of the Rioters in the Champs Elysees Boulevard and the Arc de Triomphe monument with graffiti.

  Riot police stood near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in a cloud of smoke

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Riot police stood near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in a cloud of smoke
Yellow vests protesters standing with tear as they are confronted by riot police in the french capital
  Police threw tear gas at protesters in a side street of the Champs Elysees

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Police threw tear gas at protesters in a side street of the Champs Elysees
  A protester holds his face and blood drips through his hands

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A protester holds his face and blood drips through his hands
  Cops on horseback charge through the city to tackle the protesters

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Cops on horseback charge through the city to tackle the protesters
  Tourist attractions across Paris are closed this weekend amid the protests
Tourist attractions across Paris are closed this weekend amid the protests

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on French television: "We do not want to do that today without the violence, so that the dialogue that we started this week can continue in the best possible circumstances."

US President Donald Trump appeared to blame the Paris Agreement – which he took America out of 2016 – for the rioting.

In a series of tweets the agreement "is not working out so well for Paris", adding "people do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third word countries the environment ".

Culture Minister Franck Riester told RTL radio: "We can not take the risk when we know the threat," adding that far-right and far-left agitators were planning to hijack rallies by "yellow vest" protesters in the French capital.

He said the Louvre museum, the Orsay museum, and the Grand Palais are among the sites that will be located next to the Eiffel Tower a week after rioters looted and defended the Arc de Triomphe.

  Protesters run away from the tear gas being thrown by riot police

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Protesters run away from the tear gas being thrown by riot police
  'Yellow vest' protesters link arms and wear face masks and goggles amid clashes in the capital

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'Yellow vest' protesters link arms and wear face masks and goggles amid clashes in the capital
  One protester waves a Brittany flag on the Champs Elysees

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One protester waves a Brittany flag on the Champs Elysees
  Two riot police detain a 'yellow vest' protester

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Two riot police detain a 'yellow vest' protester
  Riot police have yellow paint thrown at them during clashes in Paris

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Riot police have yellow paint thrown at them during clashes in Paris
  France is in the grip of civil unrest as dissatisfaction with President Emmanuel Macron grows

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France is in the grip of civil unrest as dissatisfaction with President Emmanuel Macron grows
  French CRS riot police apprehend a man on a street near Saint Lazare train

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French CRS riot police apprehend a man on a street near Saint Lazare train
  Protesters walk on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris

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Protesters walk on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris

Macron attempts to deal with the Civil War.

Many shops have been removed from this morning to avoid looting and street furniture.

Many arrests have been traveling to Paris, BBC reports.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner warned of "ultra-violent" people joining the riots, just days after tax offices across the country were stormed and petrol-bombed – with a confrontation leading to a protester ramming his tractor into a local government building.

He said the riots had "created a monster" and claimed "radical elements" had infiltrated the movement.

  Businesses have boarded up to avoid looting

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Businesses have boarded up to avoid looting
  Many streets in the city center of Paris are closed to traffic today

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Many streets in the city center of Paris are closed to traffic today
  The country is bracing itself for a 'day of violence'

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The country is bracing itself for a 'day of violence'

The first attack was in the southern town of Perpignan, when officials were forced to flee their posts after a rioter vowed to "come back with my gun".

And 200 tax inspectors in Poiters were excised out of their building by a battalion of riot cops as protesters yelled "collaborators".

There was widespread rioting in Paris last weekend, with national arrivals including the Arc de Triomphe arrested and more than 400 people arrested.

  President Macron's approval rating has plummeted amid violent anti-government protests

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President Macron's approval rating has plummeted amid violent anti-government protests
Car toppled during student protests against government reforms in central France
  Protestors including high school students burn plastic bins at an anti-demo demo in Marseille

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Protestors including high school students burn plastic bins at an anti-demo demo in Marseille

Yesterday a spokesman for President Macron said: "We have reason to fear a great violence this Saturday."

The Yellow Vest group is named after the high visibility jackets that all motorists have to carry in France and originally called for a reduction in the price of diesel and petrol.

Macron is now known as "The President of the Rich", and is widely disliked among the French public.

  Cops in Paris ordered shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees to close their doors

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Cops in Paris ordered shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees to close their doors

Last week horrifying images of French police beating up protesters have emerged – inflaming an already tense situation.

Mr Macron's prime minister, Edouard Philippe, said: "What is at stake is the safety of the French people and our institutions. I call for responsibility.

"All the actors in the public debate – politicians, union leaders, journalists and citizens – want to be accountable for their statements in the coming days."

The Sun Says

FRANCE'S riots are the direct result of President Macron's ocean-going arrogance.

Hitting skint workers with higher fuel taxes and telling them it's for their own long-term good is typical of him.

And after his aggression towards Britain. , , well, what could not happen to a nicer bloke, could they?

But there is a warning there for us.

Exorbitant fuel prices are bad enough. Imagine telling 17.4million Leave voters their victory did not count.

The Sun warned yesterday that we fear civil disorder if a second referendum is called. Let's be crystal clear: riots, worse, are horrific, indefensible and the last thing anyone should want.

And we will not shrink from our view that second-vote campaigners are too glib about the forces they may unleash.

Moment 'Yellow Vest' protesters are battered by French police with batons after running into Paris

Today marks the fourth day of disturbances in a row, leading to dubbed "Act 4."

153 baby-faced rioters at a single school – with officers training for kids as young as 12 being to kneel in silence against a wall.

Shocking footage showed the officers arresting pupils at the lawless Saint Exupery school on the outskirts of Paris.


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