POLICE fired volleys of tear gas and arrested more than 250 protesters after yellow vest demonstrations returned to cities across France.
The anti-government movement — which emerged in 2018 to protest against fuel taxes and living costs — had been curbed by coronavirus lockdowns.
But on Saturday hundreds gathered for two marches in the capital with police stopping one after demonstrators left a designated route and set fire to waste bins and a car.
Officers used tear gas on small groups of roaming activists and worked hard to prevent protesters — who have demanded referendums — from reaching the Champs-Élysées, scene of riots last year.
Many of those held were carrying tools that could be used as weapons
The trouble came after France saw virus cases reach a daily high of nearly 10,000 on Thursday. Police called on demonstrators to respect Covid-19 measures in Paris, which is among France’s high-risk ‘red zones’.