‘Yellow Vests’: 1,400 arrests and 126 injuries in France as clashes continue

Nearly 1,400 demonstrators were arrested in France on Saturday as tensions rose and police fired tear gas, Euronews reports. More…

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08 December 2018, 23:49

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Nearly 1,400 demonstrators were arrested in France on Saturday as tensions rose and police fired tear gas, Euronews reports.

More than 974 were placed in police custody as the 'yellow vest' protests turned violent for the second week running.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said over 125,000 people joined the protest throughout France with 10,000 in the capital.

Paris hospitals reported 126 admissions for injuries related to the protest. Nearly 40% of those injured had left emergency services on Saturday night, the Assistance publique — Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) said.

Castaner said among the inured were 17 security officers and warned arrests could increase through the night as clashes continue in Paris and other parts of France.

Clashes around France In Toulouse, conflict erupted between protesters and police, where thousands of demonstrators participated in three marches which merged into a single procession that police tried to force out of the city centre.

Police said there were also altercations in Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon and around 2,000 people marched in Nantes and faced police who used tear gas.

In Marseille, police confirmed 42 arrests as 2,000 yellow vests marched through the city to join a climate change demonstration, bringing the total to 10,000 people.

Firefighters in the city reported attending to 7 people, 5 of whom were taken to hospital, but none in a serious condition.

The yellow vests organised a series of blockades on roads throughout France, especially at some strategic points of the country’s motorway network as well as two main entrances from Spain.

Police forces have been conducting searches of personal items, which have allowed to separate «radicalised individuals who steer up violence» from the rest, said a government tweet.

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