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French police clash with 'yellow vests' protesters and fire tear gas as trouble erupts after Bastille Day parade in Paris

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/07/2019 16:18:56 James Morris
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French police have clashed with "yellow vests" protesters in Paris's Champs Elysees avenue.

It came shortly after president Emmanuel Macron presided over the Bastille Day military parade alongside other European leaders.

The Paris boulevard had been reopened to traffic but a few hundred protesters from the grassroots movement immediately tried to occupy it.

France's BFM television station showed images of police firing tear gas to disperse the protesters, some of whom were hooded.

a group of people performing on stage in front of a building: Firefighters deal with the aftermath after trouble erupted in Paris (AFP/Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media LimitedFirefighters deal with the aftermath after trouble erupted in Paris (AFP/Getty Images)

They tried to block the road with metal barricades, dustbins and other debris.

Several loud bangs were then heard while protesters hurled objects at the police, booed and set a bin on fire.

a group of people walking down the street: Police charge at protesters linked to the 'yellow vests' movement (AFP/Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media LimitedPolice charge at protesters linked to the 'yellow vests' movement (AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier, it had been reported 152 "yellow vests" had been detained near the Champs Elysees as they tried to stage a protest.

Flags of the 10 countries of the European Intervention Initiative - a joint military pact created last year - led Sunday's military parade down the Champs Elysees.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: French military vehicles drive down the Champs Elysees during the annual Bastille Day military parade (EPA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media LimitedFrench military vehicles drive down the Champs Elysees during the annual Bastille Day military parade (EPA)

The display included over 4,000 armed forces, 69 planes and 39 helicopters.

Reporting by Reuters.

14. heinäkuuta 2019 19:18:56 Categories: Evening Standard Ilta Sanoma Ilta Sanoma - Kotimaa Ilta Sanoma - Uutiset

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