PARIS – Thousands of demonstrators were interrupted in Paris on Saturday when residents broke for more chaos and the police proved to be in power and blocked access to main arteries and monuments that had focused last week in France’s worst city violence for decades.
About an hour in a tense but otherwise peaceful demonstration, the police interrupted a first tear gas volley, when the so-called West West protesters tried to charge a cordon blocking a side street outside the Champs Elysees, where other protesters painted.
The scenes were depicted by the shout of “Macron Resign!” ̵
1; a reference to President Emmanuel Macron, which has become a focus of anger – impromptu outbreaks of the French popular people, Marseillaise, and crimes split with the police and members of the news media.
Police quickly caught up and arrested nearly 500 protesters.
A line of eight police cars blocked access to the Arc of Triumph, a quasi-sacred national symbol, and it was defaced this weekend. The police also held demonstrators in the other end of the Champs Elysees, near the French presidency and Place de la Concorde.
Motivations protests have not changed from previous weekends and have not settled.
“We drove all night,” says Julien Lezer, an electrician from the Var region, on the Mediterranean. “We do not agree with the current system anymore, it does not represent us. It’s not in the regions that things change, it’s in Paris. It’s when the people from the regions go to Paris as the politicians listen.”
Axelle Cavalheiro, who works with disabled people, came from Ain, near Lyon. “We are overloaded; there are taxes on everything, gas,” he complained. “At Elysée, they spend 300,000 euros on rugs, 10,000 a month for the hairdresser.
Since the demonstrations began four weeks ago, four people died and more than 700 were injured. Videos of police attacked by protesters and police violence against protesters have attenuated more tensions on social media.
The number of demonstrators nationwide has fallen since the demonstrations began. More than 280,000 people appeared on November 17 and less than half of it on December 1 according to the French authorities.
But the protests have been increasingly concentrated  The government expressed concern about the potential of extreme violence, but also appealed to calm, as well as politicians from all over the political spectrum.
About 89,000 members of Security forces were launched throughout the country on Saturday, including 8,000 in Paris, respectively rt with 4 600 a week earlier. In a rare step, the gendarmerie – one of the country’s two national police forces – utilized 12 armored vehicles in the French capital, a sign of government’s nervousness.
Christophe Castaner, the interior minister, said on Friday that he was expecting “just a few thousand protesters in Paris”, but he warned that they could be “ultraviolet”.
He said the police would adopt a more mobile strategy than last week when the authorities created a perimeter around the Champs Elysées that kept the police forces static and prevented them from continuing rioters.
“In the face of systematic and organized violence, our forces will react firmly,” Castaner said.
Precautions were taken over the city. The food markets in protest areas were interrupted, high-end department stores were closed, and the city’s two opera houses were interrupted on Saturday’s exhibitions. A planned climate march, which would be held not far from some of the protest areas, was moved to another part of Paris.
More than 35 metro stations were also closed throughout the city.
City workers removed two thousand metal galleries, building barriers and other objects to prevent them being used as weapons or as barricades and dozens of urban buildings such as colleges, cultural centers and arenas were closed.
City officials also recommended that people move their vehicles and cycle away from protest areas.
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, said at a press conference on Friday that “the right to demonstrate is in no way the right to abuse and break” and she urged everyone to show “be careful, calm and calm.”
“It’s obviously a huge sadness to see our city partially locked, but your security is our absolute priority,” she said. “Saturday, take care of Paris, because Paris belongs to all French.”
In France, the authorities also took preventive measures to avoid violence.
The best French football league has shot six matches across the country, including in Paris, Toulouse, Angers and Nimes. The museum was closed in Bordeaux, and the city of Lyon took extra security measures for its annual light festival.
The tensions have worsened in recent days, as other groups in French society have been in a hurry to fly their own complaints and start new protests. Among them are farmers who are planning to demonstrate the whole of next week.
High school students who protest against government education reforms have hit most attention so far.
Police have collapsed several times with students blocking schools and burning cars or trash, and several students have been seriously injured.
On Friday, politicians, lawyers and social media users were upset after a video came up showing that dozens of high school students kneeled on the ground, hands on the head and
The Yellow West Movement has no centered leadership, and it was so unclear What would happen on Saturday when thousands discussed their options in a variety of Facebook groups and commented on threads.
Some encourage demonstrators not to march Paris and to protest locally instead, while others insisted that only protests in the capital would force the government to cave in.
Mr. Macron, who has been criticized for being silent, is expected to publicly raise protests next week.