French police have arrested a leader of the “Yellow Vest” anti-government movement for organizing an undeclared protest in central Paris.
According to a police source, Eric Drouet was detained while heading to the Champs-Elysees, the site of the recent protests in the capital on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a few dozen protesters gathered near France’s famous Arc de Triumphe war monument, waiting for Drouet to arrive early Wednesday evening.
Drouet already faces a trial on June 5 in the wake of his previous arrest last month for “carrying a prohibited category D weapon,” a judicial source told AFP.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the left-wing France Insoumise (France Unbowed), a fierce critic of President Emmanuel Macron, reacted in a tweet to Drouet’s arrest. “Again Eric Drouet arrested, why? Abuse of power. A politicized police targeting and harassing the leaders of the Yellow Vest movement,” he said.