The so-called ‘Yellow Vest’ fuel price protesters have attacked buildings and burned cars while insisting the violence was ‘the start of a revolution’
The movement is starting to spread inside Europe.
FRENCH cops have admitted they “can’t cope” with the violent unrest in Paris and are calling President Macron to send in the Army as rioters plan a third weekend of carnage.
Right-wing thugs and masked anarchists joined the “Yellow Vest” fuel price protesters last week – vandalising buildings such as the Arc de Triomphe and torching cars.
The anti-government rioters, who threw hammers and steel bolts at officers, said their movement was “the start of a revolution”.
Yves Lefebvre, a member of the Unité SGP police union, told France Info radio that security forces at the weekend were exhausted by the worst riots in the city since 1968.
He said: “The (officers) don’t want to remain as the last rampart against insurrection. We can’t take it – I call on the president to face up to his responsibilities.”
The “yellow vest” movement, named after the high-visibility jackets of lorry drivers, said that they would return to the capital next weekend.
And there have been calls online to block roads and oil refineries around the country while other demonstrators plan to march on the Élysée Palace.
Frederic Lagache, of the Alliance police union, called for a state of emergency to be called and for “army reinforcements” to guard national monuments.
The move would give more powers to the security forces, ranging from stop-and-searches to carrying out raids on the homes of suspected rioters.
French leader Emmanuel Macron summoned his senior ministers and policy chiefs to an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss how to deal with the carnage.
Michel Delpuech, chief of the city’s police, said that central Paris had been overwhelmed “by violence of unprecedented gravity, at a level not reached in recent decades”, reports The Times.
He said the mobile gendarmerie and CRS riot police had failed to stop the unrest as men, who police have branded “professional” rioters, aged in their thirties and forties hurled projectiles at them.
Mr Macron told Christophe Castaner, the interior minister, to “adapt the methods used for maintaining order” following concerns that cops had failed to contain the rampaging protesters.
Graffiti was sprayed on the iconic Arc de Triomphe calling for Macron’s resignation ahead of his tour through the scenes of destruction.
Burnt out cars also littered the streets of the French capital.
Inspecting the graffiti-covered monument after he returned from the G20 summit Macron was booed by protesters after more than 12 hours of violence in the French capital.
After seeing the devastation for himself Macron then headed a crisis meeting over what is thought to be the worst rioting in France since the civil unrest in 1968.
There were more than 400 arrests and up to a 130 serious injuries – including 23 police officers.
Reports have indicated the CRS, the French riot police, used “grenades” to gain control of the Parisian streets and stop the protesters.