Riots In Paris: ‘Yellow Vests’ Violence, Vandalism And Chaos Hitting Tourism

The violent turn taken on Saturday by street protesters known as the “Gilet Jaunes” (Yellow Vests) due to their fluorescent outerwear and who have been demonstrating for two weeks against gas taxes and rising cost of living, forced the evacuation of tourist shopping meccas including the department stores known as the Grandes Magasins (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Bon Marche) as well as other important areas of massive tourism like the Arc de Triomphe.

As a result of the worsening violence, the French government is considering imposing a formal state of emergency.

The scenes of burned cars and graffiti on the streets of central Paris, monuments marred by vandalism at iconic tourist places such as the Champs-Élysées, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde and the Place Vendôme, seem like the worst civil unrest in a decade.

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Source: Forbes