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Macron visits vandalized sites in Paris

IANS  |  Paris 

French on Sunday visited the and Parisian streets to assess the damage after a group of protesters smashed and torched buildings and cars, plunging the city into civil unrest.

Immediately after returning from Argentina, went to the emblematic monument of L'where a statue of Marianne was smashed, the country's landmark monument was looted and tarnished, reported.

Accompanied with Christophe Castaner, the returned to the streets around the that had been target of 3,000 troublemakers, among them far-right and hard-left supporters, according to the

Under the applause of supporters and heckling of some "Yellow Vest" protesters, took time to meet security forces and firefighters who had been mobilized on Saturday to secure the demonstration overshadowed by raging violence.

Videos showed the capital's vibrant avenues turned into a battlefield. Overturned vehicles were in flames around the Arc de Triomphe, shop fronts including those of Channel and Dior were smashed and trees were torched, forcing the closure of dozens of metro stations.

In the French capital, 412 individuals were arrested in connection with the violent incidents. 378 remained under custody, prefecture said. It added 133 people were wounded, including 23 police officers.

Facing a fierce street challenge, Macron is holding an emergency meeting with and ministers of interior affairs and ecology to discuss the riots and how to handle the popular social movement of the "Yellow Vests."

"We have to think about the measures that can be taken so that these incidents don't happen again," told 1 radio.

"It is out of the question that each weekend becomes a meeting or ritual for violence," he said when asked about imposing a state of emergency.



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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 20:26 IST