The Concorde and Champs-Elysées district is completely sealed off by the police as more than 7,400 police officers and gendarmes are deployed to secure the May Day demonstrations in Paris, where “1,000 to 2,000 radical activists” are expected according to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. IMAGES of Place de la Concorde closed off by police
Protesters and police clash on the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, as hundreds of ‘yellow vests’ join CGT union protesters to demonstrate against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies. IMAGES
Eric Drouet, the spokesperson and one of the leaders of the Yellow Vests anti-government movement, was arrested during a protest in Paris on Wednesday. Officials say Drouet was charged with organizing an undeclared protest.
Footage shows Drouet being taken into custody as protesters chant ‘dictatorship’ and Drouet’s name.
Several dozen protesters had reportedly gathered at Paris’s Place de la Concorde to leave candles in support of the movement’s wounded.
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“Yellow vest” protesters gather at the Arc de Triomphe before walking down the Champs Elysees towards police blocking the way several hundred meters before the Place de la Concorde. IMAGES
Several hundred protesters yelling “Macron resign!” and singing La Marseillaise mass on the Champs Elysees and the Place de la Concorde, hoping to march toward the Elysee Palace, Macron’s official residence. Riot police blocked their path but several hundreds of people managed to get around them using side streets to get close to the Elysee Palace in the afternoon before being driven back by tear gas. IMAGES
Paris’ riverside Big Wheel attraction will be free for Parisian visitors until 18 May, when it is set to close for the final time. Last November, Paris councillors voted almost unanimously to axe the “Grande Roue”, which has sat intermittently on the Place de la Concorde near the Louvre museum since 1993.