Paris saw the worst protests and violence erupt in more than 50 years and President Emmanuel Macron is facing loads of pressure to act to calm the anger dividing France after the latest gilet jaunes also known as Yellow Vests protests left 71 people injured in Paris and caused widespread damage.
The president attended the G20 summit and stated that he will take care of things once he is back, but all he has done so far is just deployed security forces, and about 8,000 police and gendarmes were deployed in Paris as a massive show of strength.
He tweeted: “Thank you for the courage and exceptional professionalism you have shown.”
Both the President and the prime minister Édouard Phillipe have promised to “restore national unity”.
The French prime minister, He said Macron would soon put forward measures to foster discussion with the protesters, adding: “No tax should jeopardise our national unity. We must now rebuild that national unity through dialogue, through work, and by coming together.”
So far the interior ministry said 1,220 people were taken into custody around the country during the latest protests.
As many as 40 protesters have been severely injured and been hospitalised while others were brutally pushed and beaten and suffered from minor injuries.
Workers and shop owners started cleaning up after the protests, while many Paris monuments including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum will reopen soon.
Shop owners not only had to focus on repairing damages and cleaning the store, but many troublemakers misused the protests and looted many stores thus leaving shop owners to assess damage and losses at the height of the Christmas shopping season.
Fierce winds and rain overnight hampered efforts to clean up on Sunday while used teargas canister lids lay scattered on the cobblestones of the Champs Élysées.
Groups of casseurs had police racing to deal with fires and barricades. Officers responded to many fires by hurling water cannons and teargas. Many new districts of the city were put into lockdown, with roads sealed off in an effort to contain protesters to the Champs-Élysées
Despite criticism that the police and politicians have received about how they mishandled the protests. The protesters true motive got lost when ultras from the left and right, and anarchist “black bloc” groups
Police sources have hijacked the protests with extreme elements, Because in parts of the country, the “real” yellow vest protesters, seemed determined to make their complaints peacefully.
Marc, 31, a farmworker from Normandy, said he’d “had enough of paying high taxes”, yet he wasn’t planning to get into a fight with police. “There are troublemakers here, and I get the impression some of them may be anarchists or extremists or ultras, but I don’t know. We’re not,” he said.
“But there’s something not right here: if we demonstrate peacefully, the government ignores us. If some people burn cars and attack the police, the government gives in. What does that tell us?”
The number of injured in Paris and nationwide was down on Saturday from last week’s protests, but the exceptional police deployment failed to deter demonstrators. About 125,000 yellow vests took to the streets around France putting forward a number of demands.
Dutch yellow vest protests contradicted the protests in Paris, and in the city of Rotterdam, a few hundred protesters wearing yellow vests walked downtown, singing and handing flowers to passers-by. Another 100 protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside the Dutch parliament at the Hague.