Paris Burning: Luxury Stores Looted and Burned in Latest Yellow Vest Uprising

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Once again Paris is burning in Yellow Vest protests. This is the worst round of rioting yet.

I am saddened by the latest round of Yellow Vest protests in France. To top it off, Trump is practically gloating over them.

Please consider Paris Luxury Stores Looted, Burned in 'Yellow Vest' Riots.

Rioters looted and torched shops and businesses on the famed Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Saturday, on the 18th weekend of French "yellow vest" protests, characterised by a sharp increase in violence after weeks of dwindling turnout.

President Emmanuel Macron cut short a skiing trip in the Pyrenees to return to Paris for a crisis meeting, as hooded protesters went on the rampage in Paris, leaving a trail of destruction in the touristic heart of the city.

The police appeared overrun as protesters swarmed the Champs-Elysees, vandalising and later setting fire to Fouquet's brasserie, a favourite hangout of the rich and famous for the past century -- as well as luxury handbag store Longchamp, a bank, another restaurant and several news stands.

The rioters also looted several clothing stores and set fire to barricades in scenes reminiscent of the worst yellow-vest riots in Paris in December. Saturday's protests were markedly more violent than in recent weeks. Police said close to 240 people were arrested, while prosecutors said more than 100 had been taken into custody.

The bank set alight was on the ground floor of an apartment building, and fire firefighters had to quickly evacuate the residents, including a nine-month-old baby.

French Protesters Riot in Paris, Accuse Macron of “Hot Air”

AP News reports French Protesters Riot in Paris, Accuse Macron of “Hot Air”

French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores in Paris and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees avenue, and a mother and her child were just barely saved from a building blaze.

Cobblestones flew in the air and smoke from fires set by protesters mingled with clouds of tear gas sprayed by police, as tensions continued for hours along the Champs-Elysees. By dusk, as the demonstrators had dispersed, the famed avenue was a blackened expanse.

The resurgent violence comes at a watershed moment for a movement, which had been fizzling in recent weeks, and at the end of a two-month-long national debate called by Macron that protesters say failed to answer their demands for economic justice.

One arson fire targeted a bank near the Champs-Elysees on the ground floor of a seven-story residential building. A mother and her child had to be rescued just as the fire threatened to engulf their floor, Paris’ fire service told The Associated Press. Eleven people in the building, including two firefighters, sustained light injuries.

A 43-year-old German factory worker who identified himself only as Peter had traveled to Paris to show solidarity with yellow vest protesters. Standing Saturday outside the burned-out bank, he said he agreed with the destruction, calling banks “the biggest problem in the world.”

Riots for 18 Weeks

What kind of twisted mind agrees with violent protests that threatens innocent persons including babies?

I really thought the worst of these protests were over.

For those new to the story, these riots started 18 weeks ago in response to Macron's ill-advised gas tax hike to save the planet from CO2.

In recent weeks the crowds diminished from hundreds of thousands to the low tens of thousands. The violence tapered off as well, until today.

This is inexcusable, and so is gloating about it.

I am totally disgusted. Condolences and best wishes to those hurt by these unjustified actions.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (56)
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tz1
tz1
  1. Abortion.
  2. My Baby will stand between you and doing anythng rational or just
wootendw
wootendw

"To top it off, Trump is practically gloating over them."

Macron's ski trip to the Pyrenees was a lot more despicable. After all, it was his policies that started the demonstrations/riots and it is his country. The protests have now taken a violent turn but, in previous ones, the perpetrators of violence were mostly Macron's police.

I wonder what Paris in the Spring will look like? The warm weather may bring out even more. It could even last into the summer tourist season.

The French government, at least the NATO part of it, inflicted far more damage and death on Libya than les gilets jaunes have inflicted on France. The government is also prosecuting LePen for publishing 'graphic' photos of Islamic terrorism.

The EU and globalism in general, also bear some blame for all this. In addition to his bad environmental policies, Macron said, just before the riots, that “patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism” - not too bright, politically speaking.

(I'll add here that I'm an individualist, not a nationalist, much less a globalist).

0327trader
0327trader

Yea blame Trump. Boy i am glad he pulled us out the Climate Change Accord. Give the man a break. MSM beats on him everyday.

Webej
Webej

Don't make the link between the riots and the yellow vests too quickly. One of the targets of the yellow vests is the press who has been accused of twisting the facts and terrible coverage.

Jojo
Jojo

Just shoot the people doing this. It would be justified and would put an end to it.

killben
killben

"I am totally disgusted. Condolences and best wishes to those hurt by these unjustified actions."

I agree. That said, while two wrongs do not make a right, when the so-called rulers are perceived to enrich themselves at the expense of their citizens (which is what is happening across the world) the path to throw them out turns out to be violent. The path capitalism is on presently (especially since 2008 - bailouts, ZIRP/NIRP, QE4EVER) will lead to this ONLY and that too on probably an unimaginable scale. It is restricted to Paris now. Imagine, if it spreads to other cities, you would have not Paris but whole of France burning and it might not be restricted to France alone. Therefore it could well be a taste of things to come. How and what form it would take is beyond me. But it will happen.

IMO, this can only escalate if the cabal of politicians, elite, regulators, bureaucrats, corporate and central bankers continue to maintain status quo (see the actions of the central bankers since Dec 2018-they are unable to even stand a small bite on the assets held by the rich). Therefore it is time for the cabal to own up and choose wisely. Barring this I do not expect this simmering to die down any time soon. There might seem to be moments of cooling down but always with the premise that it can boil over any time. The present capitalist system will be dismantled eventually and IMO, it needs to be dismantled too. My fear is it is going to be replaced by something awful in the guise of doing good for the citizens (but then this is what the central banks have been doing since 2008).

When in the past I read about French Revolution I never imagined that I will witness it too. But then life has its surprises.

If I had to blame two people for all the ills of the world today, I would name Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke.

hehee
hehee

Had Macron offered an actual dialogue and wanted to really change something for the people, this probably would have calmed down. Kicking the can further only amplifies the problem.

Greggg
Greggg

Yellow Vests protests against the globalist elites - Burns local peoples' businesses. This protest could have gone in a totally different direction that was meaningful, but they never do.

hergastul
hergastul

Hi Mish, I'm French and have lived in the suburb of Paris since 2014. French social movements have a reputation to turn violent rather than not since 1789 and even before... My take of this is some of those people are getting more and more desperate not to be heard and are eventually turning to violence. Yellow vest were at best 150.000 people at their highest. That's hardly one French out of 500, that is 0,2% of the population mobilized, pretending to make a "revolution" one day per week, that is, if it was not too cold or too rainy, and going back to work during week days. Obviously not enough to make any change, but those people had high hopes they would. After several weeks of dwindling participation, the most radical are simply meeting the sad truth and some of them obviously can't cope with it. If the global trend is defiance of the people against their governments, the French Yellow Vests are still much too little to make a difference, if you compare it with what was needed in, say, Armenia last year, or with what we see now in Algeria (17 millions people in the street and growing...). Violence is of course to be condemned, but in a country such as France, with the fading hopes of this little crowd and the deafening silence of the government, was to be somehow expected...just like what happened in Greece not so long ago. I'm expecting next time to be worse, it won't be Yellow Vests nor Nuits Debout. Unless the people find an unexpected non-violent leader who can channel the growing anger of half the population of this country, and I don't see one at the moment.

thimk
thimk

unbridled immigration and taxes, in a time when your children's future may not be as bright as yours. viva la resistance

timbers
timbers

Miss I think you need yourself a health dose of reality. It so transparently obvious what's going on in France, and you're missing it.

The Govt is controlled by the ultra rich, rich gigantic corporations, the elites and is systemically enacting polices to take everything from the working class and place it into the hands of the ultra rich and corporate welfare queens. It's called neoliberalism and it's a world wide policy. The govt has insisted on ignoring peaceful opposition, and responded with brutality, violence, and lies to it's citizens. Anyone who thinks violent revolution is not acceptable in response to such will attempts to lie and steal form the vast population, it not paying attn.

abend237-04
abend237-04

From a distance, the French seem to have infinite patience...until they don't.

French angst has been simmering and growing since the Algerian civil war.

The casual dumping of millions of more refugees onto the French people as they are becoming increasingly aware of the lies and failures of socialism may be the next spark.

WarpartySerf
WarpartySerf

If they're "too big to jail" .... this is what happens. No Justice, No peace.

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

ll those broken windows and burned out storefronts will do wonders for the French economy.

Carl_R
Carl_R

All democracies end, and they all end in badly, in violence. There are are only two possible ends. One is that the people rise up, looting, and with violence, and take over, leading to anarchy. The other other is that, when the people try to rise up, and loot and and destroy, the military puts them down, and suspends the Consitution "until order is re-established", leading to a military dictatorship.

Is this the end for France, or just a preliminary bump? If the violence escalates, will the military and police begin shooting the looters to kill, or just stand by passively and observe, or even join in? I don't know.

This is the future for the US as well. As I said, history teaches that all democracies ultimately collapse. Watch the events in France carefully to gain insight of where the US will be in another twenty years.

AbeFroman
AbeFroman

“I really thought the worst of these protests were over.”

  • King Louis XVI January 21, 1793
AWC
AWC

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable." JFK

gdpetti
gdpetti

Well, 'word' is that, little boy in short pants Macron, lost to LePen in the first and second round, but due to LePen gaining ~72% of the first round vote tally, there shouldn't have been a second round. I would think that if the OWO establishment in London weren't so blinded by their own wishful thinking, they would've done the same in the Brexit vote... they most likely assumed they would win it... not like the Scottish Referendum in which the over 70% vote in favor forced them to rig the count as well... they knew what was coming in that one. With France, the OWO establishment is facing the scripted/engineered collapse of their system, simultaneously as the 'select few' need prep for the NWO.... same here in the States, which is why our OWO empire is having the puppets in DC attack each other... to collapse the OWO system, same for all our regime change ops worldwide.... to prep for the NWO global police state... at least some of the French are fighting back... better late than never. Here in the States, we're big on buying guns, but they never use them.... like programmed zombies... allowed to think highly of themselves as long as they don't use their mind for much else.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

Okay! Okay, so what? A few people won’t get to wear The Spring Collection from Louis Vuitton.

It’s not like the price of diesel fuel continues to rise or anything like that, ...um, is it?