French riot police officers on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Act XIX (the 1
PARIS (Reuters) – French military forces joined in Paris on Saturday to tackle the consecutive weekend of "yellow vest" protests against President Emmanuel Macron's government.
Protesters were banned from gathering on the Champs Elysees after shops and businesses were looted and wrecked last weekend, prompting the government to call in "Operation Sentinelle" military units.
Pockets of demonstrators started to gather in other parts of Paris and other major French cities in the latest protests which began in November after public anger against fuel taxes rises.
The movement has morphed into a broader backlash against Macron's government, despite scrapping the fuel taxes.
Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alexander Smith