Paris Police Use Tear Gas on Protesters

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Police work around the message, "The Yellow Vests will Triumph" written on the Arc de Triomphe, the morning after clashes with protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel taxes, in Paris, on December 2, 2018.

"I will never accept violence", Macron told a press conference in Buenos Aires before flying home. "The culprits of those violent acts don't want change, don't seek improvement, they want chaos".

The "yellow vest" movement, which largely grew thanks to social media, has no leadership.

Dozens of cars were torched by the gangs of rioters, some of whom wore gas masks and ski goggles to lessen the effects of tear gas fired by police.

Gorka said on Sunday that French citizens believe Macron is serving the interests of the country's government and not its people.

"This violence, it's legitimate", said 45-year-old Chantal, who had travelled down from Lorraine, northeast France, with her husband and two children.

"It's been 30 years that people change course every 18 months", he said, referring to previous presidents who caved in to pressure from French street protests. "Do not take part in these factions". The demonstrations began against higher gasoline taxes and have now spread to other demands including cuts to politicians' salaries.

Police said at least 80 people, including 16 police officers, were injured in violent protests in the French capital, and 183 others were arrested.

Charred cars, broken windows and downed fences from the riot littered numerous city's most popular tourist areas on Sunday, including major avenues near the Arc de Triomphe, streets around the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, and the Tuileries garden.

A hooded demonstrator throws an item as a vehicle buns during a demonstration Saturday, Dec.1, 2018 in Paris. Some department stores were evacuated.

Paris police prefect Michel Delpuech said he "deplored" violence which he added had been of "unprecedented seriousness" and "on a level not seen in decades".

French President Emmanuel Macron held an urgent security meeting earlier on Monday.

French journalist Marion Van Renterghem has described the crumbling of Macron's support: the left are dismayed by his pro-business reforms; pensioners are angry at the cuts that have been imposed; and numerous young who once flocked to him now watch in horror as he berates the unemployed for not trying hard enough to get a job.

He was questioned why thousands of French police couldn't prevent the damage, especially to the nation's Arc de Triomphe monument. Even luxury shops on nearby rue Faubourg St. Honore, where no protests were expected, were closed Saturday and their windows boarded up.

President Macron has ruled out declaring a state of emergency for now but said security measures would be tightened against rioters. "The government is open to dialogue with those ready for dialogue".

Prime Minister Phillipe made the distinction between peaceful demonstrators and the ones breaking the law.

Some of them helped build the barricades set up in the streets to hamper the advance of the police.

They knew how to burn a barricade or a auto, and when the police fire tear gas, they gave advice to those around them, telling them not to panic and not to run, news agency AFP journalists on the scene observed.

The grassroots movement has led to sporadic blockades of roads, fuel depots and warehouses.

They called on the French public to continue to support the movement and demanded a "viable, credible and responsible project" that would allow the government "an exit door from the crisis".

The yellow vest movement is bringing together people from across the political spectrum complaining about economic inequalities and waning spending power.

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