Donald Trump slams Paris Agreement in tweet commenting on French riots

Donald Trump slams Paris Agreement in tweet commenting on French riots

"Some ultra-violent people want to take part".

Armored vehicles rumbled through the streets. Police were mounted on horses and surrounded protesters with trained dogs.

A protester throws a tear gas canister back toward the police during a confrontation on Saturday in Paris.

Thirty-two people have been remanded in custody.

A week ago, protesters stormed, vandalized and defaced the Arc de Triomphe, the 19th-century arch that's one of France's most well-known landmarks.

Paris monuments and shopping meccas are locked down. Dozens of streets were closed to traffic, while the Eiffel Tower and museums such as the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and the Centre Pompidou were shut.

He said the protests had "created a monster" and vowed a zero-tolerance approach by police to violence.

Macron agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, but that hasn't defused the anger, embodied by the fluorescent safety vests that French motorists are required to keep in their cars.

In a tweet posted today, Mr Trump said: "The Paris Agreement isn't working out so well for Paris".

Officers frisked people and searched bags every hundred metres or so throughout central Paris, and even confiscated gas masks and protective goggles from Associated Press journalists.

Some protesters Saturday attempted to block the Porte Maillot dual carriageway, which is a toll-free route into Paris.

And that proposed gas tax was indeed what first prompted the "yellow vest" demonstrations across France, starting on November 17.

Thousands of demonstrators clash with police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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Footage, which has sparked condemnation by politicians, shows the pupils on the ground as riot police yell orders at them.

National police estimated the number of protesters in Paris on Saturday at 8,000, among 31,000 protesters nationwide.

Some 8,000 police were deployed, carrying out checks on people arriving at train stations and at protest hotspots such as the Champs-Elysees and Bastille monument.

Officials are also concerned about far-right, anarchist and anti-capitalist groups like Black Bloc that have mimicked the "yellow vest" movement. The group has no leaders but is united in its feeling that Macron and his government are out of touch with the concerns of ordinary French families.

"Now we await Mr Macron".

He pointed out that this is the fourth week of protests, and they only appear to growing in size and intensity.

Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere says around 400 protesters are gathered in the area.

"I don't want to have kids because I have trouble feeding myself, let alone another mouth", the 25-year-old told the AP, saying he came to Paris to demonstrate and "defend myself".

Defending the treatment of the children, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner aid: "Over the past few days, the students have been joined by about 100 hooded youths armed with clubs and incendiary devices and determined to pick a fight with police".

Many members of the protest movement are calling for calm, and some struck a conciliatory tone after meeting the prime minister on Friday night in a last-minute bid to cool tempers, but that did not deter many people from trying to march on the presidential palace on Saturday.

Authorities have detained 343 people on Saturday amid exceptional security measures.

At least four of the weekend's first division football matches have been cancelled.

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