Tear gas jets near the Champs-Elysees, a quiet relative elsewhere in Paris: singing the Marseilles and the cries of "Macron resignation", several thousand "yellow jackets" from all over France were demonstrating Saturday in a capital in a state of maximum notice.
"They want us to disperse, but they block us on the Champs", they whine "yellow jackets" caught under the tear gas fumes on the margins of the Champs-Elysees, the main point of fixation of the Paris event in the late morning.
While the police seek these shots to dissuade the protesters from leaving the Champs-Elysees from a parallel street near the Arc de Triomphe, insults against the CRS fuse.
"We still want it, we like it!" Some say. Others throw some bullets and firecrackers, some intonati, in the tone of the joke, "Macron, let's get you home!"
"It's like an open-air cage" while "everyone sees that we are not violent", reports a thirty-year-old Yvelines.
"We would like to go to Elisha, but I do not know if we'll get there," said Yonne's Fabien Simon, 35, of the Yonne.
Most shops are barricaded. The slogans hostile to the continuous news channels are sung.
Place de la Bastille, at the other end of Paris, feel the tensions, the policemen are whistled.
"Money is in the coffers of the bosses!", Sings some protesters. On the window of a bank, a tag: "Macron thief".
Released "like every Saturday you take a coffee", Gerard, 69, is stunned by the police: "It's like being at war, I would never have thought of living that day, especially in Paris. home without having drank his espresso.
Coming from Beaune, Marie-Josée Chapuis states that "too many taxes kill the tax". It indicates "disconnected elites" and "too much immigration".
– "Three weeks at the roundabouts" –
In another crowd of protesters, the Porte Maillot, in the western part of the capital, the "yellow gilets" punctually block the peripheral avenue.
"It's been three weeks at the roundabouts, I came here to be heard a little more," said a twenty-five-year-old from Rhone-Alpes, equipped with elbows and knee pads.
A police bus full of arrested "yellow jackets" passes under the shouts of encouragement of the demonstrators.
Alann, Deddy, Kevin, 20 years old, acting Compiègne, demonstrate for the first time in Paris: "We wanted to help the boys, to be on the ground, to demonstrate, if we have to act, we will act".
"Emmanuel Macron, president of the chiefs, we're going to break everything at home!", The protesters en route to the Champs-Elysées, boulevard Haussmann, sings in a friendly atmosphere.
Boulevard Malesherbes, in the northwest of the capital, "yellow vests" apostrophe gendarmes: "Wake up, come with us, wear a yellow jacket!" "We're in the same jail, you should be ashamed!" .
Mohamed, a nurse in Crete, wields a gigantic cotton swab, "to free Macron's ears".
Also, near the Madeleine, a pleasant "yellow jacket" with a policeman: "Look, I drink in my bottle of water to show you that it is neither sour nor essence".
Isabelle takes a big part in the parade of screaming sirens. She and her husband Jean-Claude, 65, work "in finance" and are in Paris "on business". "Of course, we must help the poor", but in France "we do not realize how lucky we are", they say.
Early in the morning, a man in a tunic strolled through the small gathering of Place de l'Etoile. Thibaut de Rincquesen blesses the astonished "yellow jackets": "I ask God for protests and police forces", explains the priest at Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
"I have more faith in God's protection" than CRS, a protestant replies.
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