French police fire tear gas at protesters following Bastille Day celebrations

French police fire tear gas at protesters following Bastille Day celebrations

French police have fired tear gas at Yellow Vest protesters following Bastille Day celebrations near the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Beforehand, Yellow Vest protesters booed French President Emmanuel Macron as he was driven down the avenue.

Police say they apprehended more than 150 people, including two Yellow Vest leaders accused of staging an unauthorised demonstration.

A few hundred protesters were attempting to occupy the road following the celebrations.

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

Protesters also hurled objects at police, set bins on fire and booed.

Paris Police Chief Didier Lallement told journalists during a Sunday (local time) evening patrol of the avenue order had been restored.

He said around 200 protesters had attempted to occupy Champs-Elysées but had been pushed out.

The number of Yellow Vest protesters has reduced from around 300,000 in November last year, when protests first started, to a few hundred, recently.

Demonstrations started due to fuel price hikes but have transformed into general discontent against President Macron’s policies and government.

24 people have lost an eye since the Yellow Vest protests began in November, while over 2,200 Yellow Vests and 1,500 police have been injured in the clashes.

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