Paris cleans up the Champs-Elysées after yellow vest violence

Paris gets its famed Champs-Elysées avenue cleaned up after rioters looted and torched shops and businesses on the 18th weekend of French “yellow vest” protests, characterised by a sharp increase in violence. 1ST IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Saturday, March 16th: French protesters riot in Paris; Many rivers and creeks in the midwest are at record levels; April the giraffe gives birth; Thousands turn out to watch Chicago river dyed green.

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French protesters attack police in Paris

Police in Paris said that more than 100 people have been arrested amid yellow vest protest violence in the French capital. (March 16)

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Protesters wreak havoc on streets of Paris

Barricades set alight, storefronts broken and the Arc de Triomphe vandalised as the 18th “yellow vests” protest in the French capital in Paris turns violent.

Paris protesters attack Champs-Elysee businesses

French yellow vest protesters have clashed with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe on the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. (March 16)

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Oil slicks threaten French coast

Videographic locating the west France. French authorities are bracing for the arrival of an oil slick that is creeping toward its southwest coast and should make landfall on Sunday or Monday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

French ski resort hosts ‘Tomorrowland’ electro festival

A techno rave party… on ski slopes. Until March 16 the French ski resort of Alpe d’Huez hosts the Belgian ‘Tomorrowland’ techno festival, giving visitors the chance to cap their day’s skiing with a colourful techno rave.

Bernard Tapie arrives for fourth day of trial

Flamboyant French businessman Bernard Tapie arrives for the fourth day of his trial in Paris, where he stands accused of fraud. FIRST IMAGES

‘The Mustang’ premieres in Los Angeles

During the Hollywood premiere of her movie “The Mustang”, French director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre talks about what drove her to film the relationship between a prisoner and a horse as part of a prison rehabilitation program.