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The number of detainees during the “yellow vests” demonstration in France increased to 300

Police and gendarmerie forces detained about 300 people in France on Saturday during the “yellow vests” protest day. This was reported by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin during a visit to the operational headquarters deployed in the Paris prefecture.

According to his information, 165 people have been detained in the capital and about 12 more in the province. “In the country, about 6 thousand people took part in demonstrations, while in Paris — about 2.5 thousand,” the minister specified.

“At present, the demonstrations in Paris have already been completed. Several people are still taking protest actions, in particular on the Field of Mars, but soon they will be delivered to the prefecture,” Darmanin said. He said that “a lot of people were detained in Paris, who had dangerous weapons, and many those detained were connected with this.

The minister expressed regret that hooligans burned two cars during demonstrations in the French capital. At the same time, he noted that “compared to the difficulties in establishing an order that had accompanied previous demonstrations, the present ones can be considered to have been held in a relatively calm atmosphere.

According to a public survey conducted by the Ifop service, only 10% of the French currently support the “yellow vests” movement. This is between 4 and 4.5 million people aged 18 years and over. In December 2018, that is, a month after the movement of “yellow vests”, the figure was 19%. The survey was conducted from 3 to 7 September 2020 on the basis of a representative sample of 3,013 people.

18:11 The French police and the gendarmerie detained 200 people on Saturday in Paris as part of the “yellow vests” demonstration. This was reported by the police prefecture and the city prosecutor's office on their Twitter pages, specifying that 78 people were taken into custody. The country is holding a national day of protest of “yellow vests”, the first after the end of the period of summer vacations.

At present, the riots continue in the 17th district of Paris, in the west of the city. According to CNews, between 80 and 100 people are involved.

Radicals are provoking the police in Avenue Vagram and Place de la Marseille Juin. These are quarters located about 20 minutes walk from the Champs-Elysees. The demonstrators tried to break through the police cordon and walk to Place de la Star and the Champs-Elysees, where demonstrations are prohibited. The police widely use tear gas and use batons. Most of Vahram Avenue is now filled with clouds of gas.

Radical demonstrators clash with police also in Lyon (central part of the country). There, the border guards pushed the demonstrators out of the city center, where they are to finish one of the stages of the international cycling race Tour de France. Using tear gas grenades, the police keep the demonstrators at a distance from central streets and squares.

In Marseille, the rally takes place in the area of the old port, in the central part of the city. According to BFMTV, there have also been some clashes between demonstrators and police.

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