French riot police tear gassed terrified diners at restaurants as protesters clashed during violent demonstrations in Paris against Covid rules and energy price rises.
Families with children had to cover their faces with their mandatory Covid masks as they fled from tear gas in cafés on the streets of the French capital.
Paris has been brought to a halt with police also using baton charges on demonstrators making a Canadian-style ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest, defying a ban by authorities aiming to stop a blockade of the city.
Despite the presence of some 7000 officers on the streets and armoured cars, Paris’ most famous roundabout – the Étoile (Star) around the Arc de Triomphe – was gridlocked by early afternoon as arrests were made.
An officer at the scene said: ‘Unauthorised demonstrators are using their vehicles to block the traffic, and they are being supported by others without vehicles.
‘Everything is being done to prevent this unauthorised demonstration from continuing.’
Earlier in the day, police intercepted at least five convoys attempting to enter the capital and handed tickets to more than 200 motorists.
Read more: French Freedom Convoy crackdown: Fascist riot police teargas terrified DINERS at pavement cafes in Paris (forcing them to use their mandatory ‘Covid’ masks while fleeing). Fascist AND insane then