From Bercy to the Champs-Elysées, they wanted to make the "sale" in their own way: several thousand "yellow vests", visibly demobilized, beat the Paris pavement first in peace before the first clashes at the beginning of -Midi. The story of Act 9 in the footsteps of the procession.
– 8H30: first "yellow cardigans" on the Champs-Elysées –
In the early morning, the Champs-Elysees, the recurring collection point of the "yellow vests", are again frozen in a reinforced safety perimeter for this 9th act of mobilization. It is 8:30 am and "yellow cardigans" get an appointment on the most famous avenue in the world where later a procession has to come. Patrick, 37, from Savoie, is a "first time" in Paris. "At least once we wanted to see with our own eyes what was happening here," he says.
– 11.00: start of the march from "sale" to Bercy –
Several hundred "yellow vests" quietly leave the forecourt of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Bercy, starting point of a large march in Paris at the invitation of Eric Drouet, one of the figures of the movement. Their motto? "We will do the sale in Paris!"
The anti-fascist action group Paris Banlieue also met at 11:00 in Bercy, before other actions against a gathering of right-wing group generation identity, scheduled for 18.00.
– 12.00 pm: thousands of demonstrators in Bastille –
The procession loudly roars the place of the Bastille under the whistle and calls out "Macron's resignation", an AFP journalist noted.
It is then at no cost that the procession continues its march on the sidewalk in Paris to the Champs-Elysées, led by an order of order with "white bracelets".
In Paris, scattered groups also try to hang the march and sometimes they walk around blindly. "There is a fairly large rally for a week and it will continue to grow," said Thibault Devienne, 23, a "yellow cardigan" from Juvisy.
– 2:00 pm: arrival of the procession to the star –
The situation remained fairly quiet all morning. Around 13:30 there are short frictions in the procession for the department stores: some demonstrators want to leave the authorized route to take the street of Mogador where the police are. The security service "yellow vests" hinders the crowd and rejects those who try to attack the windows. At 2 pm the procession finally arrives at the Champs-Elysées and the roundabout of Etoile shouts including "Castaner nique your mother".
– 14H30: first collisions –
The area of the Champs-Elysees is dropped off, a helicopter flies over the gray sky of Paris. Soon the situation tends. On the Avenue de Wagram, protesters launch projectiles on the police who react with tear gas. Most came equipped: helmets, masks and smoke for some.
A wounded person is taken away from the Place de l'Etoile, under a survival blanket, by voluntary help. "He took a flashball," said AFP one of the rescuers in t-shirt and white helmet. Another injured woman in the head is evacuated on a wheelchair by two firefighters, said an AFP journalist
– 4:00 pm: tense face to face –
On the avenue Friedland, the police force the few hundred protesters arriving from the Place de l'Etoile. They are sent with tear gas to the Saint-Lazare station.
Among these "yellow vests" there seems to be little collision with the police and are spreading rapidly, said an AFP journalist. But the most motivated are the game of cat and mouse play with the police, who makes use of water cannons.
In the streets, open to traffic, between Etoile and Saint-Lazare, many yellow vests mix with passersby and wander randomly, wondering where to go. The national meeting? The Madeleine? Return to "fields"? "The problem is that we give gas everywhere, but we are everywhere in Paris, they are running," laughs a demonstrator, about sixty, from the Hauts-de-Seine.
– 17H00: first dispersions –
At 5.00 pm, the Prefect of Police had arrested 102 arrests in the capital since the beginning of the day, of which 74 were police custody. On the Champs-Elysées the situation is still very tense, but the groups are starting to fall apart.
While the night begins to fall on the mist of the tear, the Song of the Partisans and the Marseillaise sound together with the shots of launchers of defensive balls. In tight cords, the police were supported by a water launch car block before the last demonstrators gathered around the triumphal arch to prevent them from descending to the Champs-Elysées.
At 5.30 pm the first gendarmerie vans and two armored vehicles start leaving the premises.
MDH-RFO-am-SVA-GRD-nal / TIB / CBO