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Amid Agitated Yellow-vest Protests In France, Protestors Pave Way For An Ambulance

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

Although the streets of France have been subjugated by agitated protestors, amid the violence protestors exhibited an act of compassion. 

From a bird's eye view, a narrow street filled with yellow-vested people in unison made way for a passing ambulance. Despite the displeasure towards French President Emmanuel Macron, it was seen that the protestors together, systematically paved a path for the ambulance to pass and gathered together after its passage. 

Protests continued into the night as police attempted to restore calm in Paris after thousands of supporters of the yellow vest movement stormed the streets to keep up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron. 

French security forces fired tear gas and flash-balls after a march through picturesque central Paris went from peaceful to provocative on Saturday. 

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A riverboat restaurant moored below the clashes on the Left Bank of the Seine River caught fire. 

Smoke and tear gas rose as riot police, nearly invisible at the start of the demonstration, moved front and center when protesters deviated from an officially approved path.

Police boats patrolled the river while beyond the Seine, motorcycles and a car were set on fire on the 
Boulevard Saint Germain, a main Left Bank thoroughfare.

Riot police and firefighters moved in, and barricades mounted in the middle of the wide street also glowed in orange flames.

Protesters made their way to the Champs-Elysees Avenue, the famed boulevard that has been at the centre of previous yellow vest demonstrations.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner estimated that about 50,000 people participated in protests around France on Saturday. 

Police counted some 3,500 protesters in Paris.

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(with inputs from PTI)