Police clash with gilets jaunes protesters in Paris

Tear gas used to disperse anti-government demonstration near the Champs-Élysées

Protesters march in Paris during the 13th consecutive Saturday of Gilets Jaunes demonstrations. Video: Reuters

 

Scuffles have broken out between French gilets jaunes - yellow vests - protesters and police in Paris.

On the 13th consecutive weekend of demonstrations in the city, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters near the Champs-Élysées on Saturday afternoon.

Police said about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far, and some of the protesters had been hurling debris at officers hunkered down in front of the National Assembly.

One protester sustained a hand injury in the scuffles and was treated by emergency workers, police said.

The yellow vest activists, who have brought hundreds of thousands on to the streets over the past three months, are now trying to achieve electoral success but the movement is politically divided and has no appointed leader.

French president Emmanuel Macron – the target of many demonstrators’ anger – seems to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the movement with a national political debate.

Recent polls show his approval ratings rising. – AP