Paris was convulsed by a fourth straight weekend of violent protests on Saturday, as thousands of “yellow vest” demonstrators, enraged over rising taxes and a falling standard of living, clashed with riot police.

As ThinkProgress reported, the protests have been the most violent in France since the 1968 student uprising a half-century ago.

The US president saw fit to gloat on Twitter about the domestic unrest faced by America’s oldest ally, and even fabricated pro-Trump chanting by the demonstrators, who he insisted were chanting “We Want Trump!” as they tore apart the French capital.

The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting “We Want Trump!” Love France.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018

Trump later rubbed salt into the wound, with a second tweet.

Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes? The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018

Police were outmatched by demonstrators in earlier protests, but some 8,000 heavily armed police were ready for the latest standoff Saturday, deploying tear gas and stun grenades to try to halt their advance. Hundreds of people were arrested.


France’s President Emmanuel Macron backed down earlier this week, on his plans to impose fuel tax hikes, after three weekends of protests in Paris led to four deaths and millions of dollars in damage that were particularly devastating in the city’s tony shopping district near the Champs Elysees.

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 01: Security forces in Paris fired tear gas and water cannon to protesters around Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France on December 01, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) ‘Yellow vest’ protesters clash with police in Paris

The protest of “gilets jaunes,” or yellow vests, named for the reflective safety garb worn by many participants, shows the widespread societal disenchantment with the declining standard of living in France. But authorities say the yellow vest demonstrations have been hijacked by “ultraviolent” protesters who see the clashes as a kind of sport.

"Yellow vest" protesters clash with riot police on Saturday. CREDIT: ELYXANDRO CEGARRA/ Getty Images Paris rocked by worst riots in 50 years

Officials said about 31,000 people across the country are taking part in Saturday’s protests, including about 8,000 demonstrators in Paris. More than 400 protesters were arrested in last weekend’s clashes in he French capital.


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