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Demonstration of "yellow vests" on the Champs-Elysees, Paris, January 12.
Demonstration of "yellow vests" on the Champs-Elysees, Paris, January 12. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

"Happy New Year, good health, and we let go nothing! Goodbye guys! " The night has just fallen on the Champs-Elysees, Saturday, January 12. Between "yellow vests", we promise we will come back, as for two months. It does not matter the cold and the greyness. A few tens of meters away, the police regain control of the avenue, now almost deserted. The drizzle slicks the street lamps. But Thierry, a truck driver, wants to take the time to say goodbye to his "Friends". He did not know them a few minutes earlier.

White hair, slight baldness, Thierry came from Seine-Saint-Denis with his wife Nadia, "Class C official", "For purchasing power and tax justice". He sums it up in his own way: "The distribution of wealth, that shit a little. " He assured him that it would be hard to make ends meet. No question, therefore, to miss this act IX of the "yellow vests", which confirmed the renewed mobilization in the capital, already observed the previous weekend.

Read also Act IX: 84,000 "yellow vests" throughout France, increased mobilization

Like a RATP driver, crossed in the afternoon at Friedland Avenue, not far from the Arc de Triomphe, leather jacket under his yellow vest, many demonstrators mobilized again, after a "truce" at the end of the year celebrations. The bus driver from Seine-et-Marne explains his arrival: "Social classes exist. It is a class struggle that we have here, it must be said. " He wins "2,400 euros net per month, 50 years brooms and after 30 years of box".

With his wife "To the smic"he does not feel like one of the privileged ones: "We must stop the consumer society, think about a better distribution. " The task seems huge: "It's a whole system to revoke. " He will not have time to give us his first name: the tear gas launched by the police begins to sting his eyes and throat. The demonstrators disperse.

Read also "Vests yellow" in Bordeaux: "We can not give up after so much energy deployed"

Neither major incident nor significant breakage

The day went off without major incident or significant breakage. Some scooters spilled and degradations very limited in the early evening, to the Avenue de Friedland. No scene of looting, as it could have been in December. But the evacuation of the main roads was made, like every Saturday, with teargas grenades. Also water cannons and sometimes defensive ball launchers (LBDs). "It's always like that, they [les policiers] block us in one place and they gas us "plague a woman, as the air becomes unbreathable near the Arc de Triomphe.


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