In Paris There has been rioting on the brink of protests by the Yellow West movement. Protesters plundered the boulevard Champs-Elysées shops. At the Arc de Triomphe, masked people dressed in black threw paving stones towards the police and erected barricades. The police used tear gas and water cannons. At least 20 people were arrested.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner condemned the violence as acts of "professional destroyers and troublemakers". He called on the police prefect of Paris to act with "utmost determination" against it.
The yellow vests had called on Saturday for a march on Paris, with which they want to demonstrate new strength. Recently, the number of participants has fallen sharply. The number of weekly demonstrators has dropped to less than 30,000 nationwide. At the beginning of November 2018 around 300,000 people had gathered.
Friday ended the two-month civil dialogue that President Emmanuel Macron had begun in response to the protests and demands for tax cuts and more social justice. The "Great National Debate" consisted of more than 10,000 panel discussions across the country, with around 1.4 million contributions made on the
specially set up internet platform. First results will be presented by Macron in April.