>> When it came, the violence from the streets of Paris was as stong as feared. Act Four, the fourth weekend of the yellow vests protests hit hard on Saturday. Riot Police firing tear gas, water cannon, and beating protesters with batons. 8000 officers were on the streets of the capital.
90,000 in total across France. Determined to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem which saw even more dramatic scenes. Protestors played a cat and mouse game with riot police as Reuters
and the grand boulevard where lots of damage has been done already.
The street furniture overturned, glass broken.
>> By lunchtime over 500 people had been arrested. Some protesters carrying hammers, baseball bats and metal petanque balls, according to police.
Much of the city's center, shops, museums and restaurants boarded up. Tourist attractions on lockdown. Sports events canceled. The yellow vest movement began as opposition to government fuel tax hikes. But that's now been seemingly hijacked by more extreme and diverse fringe groups. Like these students west of Paris forced to kneel and arrested on Friday.
Footage of the incident went viral on social media and prompted public outrage. The government said that while the images were shocking, the violence convulsing France justifies the heavy-handed policing.>>
> The interior ministers called on peaceful protesters not to get mixed up with hooligans and the prime minister has appealed for restraint.
Despite the government's climb-down over the fuel tax, the Yellow Vests continue to demand more. Lower taxes, a higher minimum wage, lower energy costs, better retirement benefits, and even President Macron's resignation.
's due to address the nation early next week. Not an easy task, but he'll be reassuring them that he is listening to the people's anger, according to his ministers.