December 8, 2018: Paris riots

Published - December 08, 2018 08:42 pm IST

TOPSHOT - A man throws a stone next to the broken windows of the Musee de l'Orangerie (L) and a burning vehicle (R), on the Tuileries Garden, during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, in Paris on December 1, 2018. - Police and anti-government protesters clashed near the Champs-Elysees and in other parts of central Paris on December 1 with demonstrators hurling rocks and paint at riot police who responded with tear gas. The clashes came as thousands took part in a third weekend of "yellow vest" protests which have morphed from anger over fuel taxes into a broader anti-government movement. (Photo by - / AFP)

TOPSHOT - A man throws a stone next to the broken windows of the Musee de l'Orangerie (L) and a burning vehicle (R), on the Tuileries Garden, during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, in Paris on December 1, 2018. - Police and anti-government protesters clashed near the Champs-Elysees and in other parts of central Paris on December 1 with demonstrators hurling rocks and paint at riot police who responded with tear gas. The clashes came as thousands took part in a third weekend of "yellow vest" protests which have morphed from anger over fuel taxes into a broader anti-government movement. (Photo by - / AFP)

Paris was in lockdown on Saturday as thousands of French security forces braced to meet renewed rioting by “yellow vest” protesters in the capital and other cities in the fourth weekend of confrontation over living costs. Reuters reported the Eiffel Tower and other tourist landmarks were shut, shops were boarded up to avoid looting and street furniture removed to avoid metal bars from being used as projectiles. Protesters, using social media, have billed the weekend as “Act IV” in a dramatic challenge to President Emmanuel Macron and his policies.

The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets French motorists have to keep in their cars, erupted in November over the squeeze on household budgets caused by fuel taxes. Pictures show teargas being used as protesters clash with riot police during a demonstration last week and a protester throwing a stone at the broken windows of the Musee de l’Orangerie and a burning vehicle on the Tuileries Garden.

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