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FRENCH police chiefs today called for a State of Emergency to be declared and for the Army to take to the streets following the worst rioting in Paris in 50 years.
The Arc de Triomphe was among hundreds of buildings attacked by anti-government ‘Yellow Vest’ fuel price protesters on Saturday — who said their actions were “the start of a revolution”.
Graffiti was daubed on the famous landmark calling for President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation ahead of his tour through the scenes of destruction.
Returning from the G20 summit today, Mr Macron thanked firefighters and condemned the condemned the carnage — vowing to bring those responsible to justice.
There were more than 400 arrests and up to a 130 serious injuries – including 23 police officers – during an orgy of violence across the city that lasted more than 12 hours.
Looters and thugs wearing masks and carrying clubs and axes rampaged through luxury boutiques, chemists and supermarkets.
The police responded with water canon, tear gas and bloody baton charges.
“We are in an insurrectional climate,” said Frederic Lagache, of the Alliance police union, which called for the State of Emergency.
It would allow extra powers to the forces of law and order, ranging from stop-and-searches to carrying out raids on the homes of suspected rioters.
Mr Lagache said “army reinforcements” should be brought in to guard public monuments, freeing up the police to deal with other trouble spots.
France last brought in a State of Emergency in 2015, following terrorist attacks by Islamic State, and it lasted until November 2017.
“Nothing is a taboo,” said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.
“We are studying all the procedures that would allow us to be more secure. I’m prepared to look at everything.”