Some quotes from the story:
Nationwide, 89,000 police officers were on duty in towns, cities and on numerous motorways which caused havoc on France's road network, including a blockade of a border crossing with Spain.
Blue armored vehicles rumbled across cobblestone streets from the Arc de Triomphe across toward eastern Paris as scattered demonstrations spread around the city.
Police were mounted on horses and surrounded protesters with trained dogs. A ring of steel surrounded the Elysee Palace itself, as police stationed trucks and reinforced steel barriers in streets throughout the entire neighborhood.
Officials are set to deploy 12 Berliet VXB-170s, which are usually equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun and a 56mm Alsetex Cougar grenade launcher.
And from here: The mounted officers advanced behind serried ranks of police on foot holding up their shields like Roman legionaries.
Police demolished burning barricades with armoured vehicles, deployed for the first time in the heart of Paris. Officers fired repeated salvoes of tear gas and water cannon to drive back and disperse protesters. But they regrouped and moved on, sometimes returning to confront the police minutes later.
Bertrand Deschamps, 33, a building worker from Nantes, in western France, said: “The first thing that brought us into the streets was increases in fuel taxes and the high cost of living, but we believe France needs massive change.
“We’re like the Brits who voted for Brexit, we’re the people who the politicians in Paris have never had to listen to before, but they’re going to have to listen now. If not, it’s revolution.”
They presented a list of demands, including a 300-euro increase in the minimum wage. Other groups in the movement, which has no centralised leadership, published a series of “official” demands. They included an exit from the EU and Nato, the re-introduction of a wealth tax, scrapped by Mr Macron, a halving of public spending, huge increases in state pensions, re-nationalisation of privatised companies, building millions of council homes and cancelling France’s debt.
The police chief of Imperia, a northwestern Italian coastal town on the highway toward France, says yellow-vested French protesters have blocked the border with Italy near the town of Ventimiglia.
They have been on the streets since morning, but as dusk falls over Paris there is no sign of the thousands of yellow jackets tiring of their chant “Macron resign.”
On the Champs Elysee, police are firing volleys of tear gas and intermittent stun grenades in a bid to clear the protestors who remain there.
"Macron is a bastard. He is just like all the others [EU leaders] they are taking all the money for themselves. It means there is no money left to buy food or children shoes. He is not a legitimate leader, he is a fool."
"We are here for democracy - for 'Liberté, égalité, fraternité'," said Pierre Boarges, a taxi dispatcher from Rouen who had travelled to Paris with two friends to attend the protests. "It is basically about money. There is no work, people are struggling and Macron does not care about them."
Thousands of protesters and masked youths with rucksacks, possibly full of stones, are marching north from Bastille, writes David Chazan in Paris. Unlike the people at the Champs-Elysees, they probably haven’t been searched by police.
Based on their motivations, I suspect this movement will not die down. As it is suppressed in Paris, it will grow stronger in the outlying towns and villages.
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