Last Saturday, after police cordoned off the Champs-Elysees, about 3,000 rioters mixed with peaceful demonstrators went to adjacent streets where they torched several vehicles, smashed glass-fronted facades of luxury boutiques.
“The events of last Saturday should incite us to exercise the utmost caution and determination,” Philippe said.
Furthermore, Paris prefecture recommended restaurants and shops lining the Champs Elysees avenue and in adjacent streets to remain closed on concerns of escalating violence.
With no leader, “Yellow Vests” movement, which got its name from the high visibility vests drivers keep in their cars, was created on social media. When it began on November 17, protests were against a rise in a carbon tax which President Emmanuel Macron says is necessary to combat climate change.