Violence against yellow vests broke out across France on Saturday when a police car was set on fire and more than 55 anti-government protesters were arrested.
It was a return of the movement after the summer vacation for the movement that began campaigning for President Emmanuel Macron's government last November.
In a so-called “Act 43” of demonstrations, the Yellow West took to the streets in most major cities for the 43rd consecutive weekend.
Yellow Vest protesters have started their 43rd weekend of protest and are now showing solidarity with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The above banners say "Montpellier, Hong Kong, the international revolution".
Police cars in particular have become prime targets for arson in cities in France that redirect emergency services to fight the flames
Not all of them have rioted, but the worst problems today in Montpellier in the south were tear gas and truncheon charges that used to restore order.
"Molotov cocktails were thrown into an empty patrol car and it was soon burned out," said a local police spokesman.
"There were concerns that the flames could spread to nearby buildings, but the victims could be averted thanks to a successful evacuation," he added.
The scenes were captured from amateur videos posted on social media before the police later reported that two people had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Over 55 anti-government protesters were arrested after violent demonstrations in major French cities
Several fires were started across the city of Montpellier, and many demonstrators joined the struggle, which featured Molotov cocktails
So-called Black Bloc anarchists were among the protests in Paris that were constantly trying to storm the Champs Elysee.
This led to around 55 arrests, most for violations of public policy, including the use of weapons, including knives.
The Yellow Vests, known as "Gilets Jaunes" in France for their branded motor jackets, have been protesting since November 17 and remain despite a number of President Macron's concessions, including the abolition of green taxes on diesel and gasoline ask him to resign.
Many were arrested, including around 700 people who were held in Paris on a single day last December.
The French riot police have started using powerful water cannons to disperse larger groups of activists
In unsuccessful efforts to prevent widespread disorder, the police struggle to disperse the large crowds before dark, when the worst violence occurs
In Paris, high-end shops such as luxury fashion boutiques, banks and post offices were boarded up today.
This follows serious acts of vandalism, including the attack on the Arc de Triomphe.
Mounted police officers, water cannons and 14 armored vehicles that can spread high-intensity gas were used in the security operation.
They have not managed to prevent a widespread disorder in the past few months, with the worst violence usually occurring at nightfall.
Extremists from the far right and the ultra left, as well as anarchists who want to do as much damage as possible, joined the West.
Garbage cans are set on fire to act as makeshift barricades to slow police progress toward large protest groups
A non-violent protester holds up the "RIC" sign and calls for a "Citizen & # 39; s Initiated Referendum" that highlights the discontent of French President Emmanuel Macron
Mr. Macron, plagued by the crisis, has not only downgraded the introduction of green surcharges, but also raised the national minimum wage by seven per shipment and cut the tax on premiums.
But the Yellow West said their protests would continue indefinitely as they campaigned for even more concessions.
Independent Mr. Macron, leader of the Republic On The Move party, won the 2017 French presidential election in a landslide, but is now referred to as the "president of the rich".
Who are the yellow vests?
The Gilets Jaunes or & # 39; Yellow Vests & # 39; are a populist grassroots movement that started in 2018 through an online petition.
The movement was largely motivated by rising crude oil prices and disproportionately high cost of living in France, as the vast majority of tax reforms in France targeted the middle and working classes.
The demonstrators want fuel taxes in France to be reduced alongside an increase in the French minimum wage.
The group has also called for the current French President Emmanuel Macron to resign.
The decision to wear safety vests was a result of French law requiring all drivers to have one in their car, and was considered a single piece of clothing along with connection to the working class.
Protests by the group have often been criticized for their tendency to develop into unrest, which has often resulted in injuries to the police and protesters.