Hundreds arrested in day of French 'yellow vest' clashes

Saturday, 8 December, 2018 - 23:42

An estimated 31,000 people have joined "yellow vest" anti-government protests across France today, in which more than 700 protesters were detained.

Deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez said: "At the national level, including Paris, we're at more than 700 detained with participation in the movement at 31,000 nationwide including 8,000 in Paris."

Protesters clashed with riot police, moving from the heavily guarded Champs Elysees area to other parts of the city, setting cars, garbage bins and wooden shutters on fire.

More than 30 people were injured.

Authorities said some 8,000 people were demonstrating in Paris, where 600 people had been searched and briefly arrested.

More than 500 of them remained in custody after police found they carried potential weapons such as hammers, baseball bats and metal balls used in the French lawn game petanque.