Demonstrators have smashed and looted shops in Paris in a resurgence of the gilets jaunes (“yellow vest”) protests that started four months ago in France.

 

Rioters torched a luxury handbag store and vandalised an upscale restaurant on the famed Champs-Élysées avenue.

 

Police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the protesters. More than 120 people were arrested.

 

The protests began over fuel tax rises but have since developed into a broader revolt against perceived elitism.

 

Police say about 10,000 people took part in Saturday’s protest in the French capital, a marked increase compared with similar demonstrations in recent weeks.

 

Some 32,300 in total took to the streets throughout France, according to the Interior Ministry.

 

However, police said 36,000 people took part peacefully in a separate march against climate change in another part of Paris.

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