More than 1,700 people were arrested across France during the latest “yellow vest” protests, which left 135 people injured and caused widespread damage.
Of the 1,723 detained on Saturday, 1,220 were ordered to be held in custody, according to the interior ministry.
Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told France Inter radio the damage was more widespread that the previous week.
“With fewer barricades, there was much more dispersion, so many more places were impacted by violence,” he said.High winds and torrential rain overnight hampered the effort to clean up tear gas canisters and debris left from protesters’ fires and looting
President Emmanuel Macron broke his silence to tweet appreciation for the police, but pressure is mounting on him to respond to people’s grievances.He praised “the courage and exceptional professionalism” of the security forces.A French government spokesman has said Mr Macron is due to make major announcements in the coming week.Four people have been killed since the protests began in mid-November.
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