[Ed. – In fairness to the French authorities, there have been problems with violence and property damage from some of the protesters. Americans wouldn’t consider it a gross overreaction to arm the police to gain advantage. That said, France has for many years let “youths” riot, torch cars, and pillage in some parts of the country without confronting them with up-armed police. The Yellow Vests have legitimate grievances.]
French riot police have deployed semi-automatic weapons with live ammunition against Yellow Vest protestors for the first time.
Officers were filmed brandishing Heckler & Koch G36 weapons by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday afternoon.
The presence of semi-automatic rifles at a demonstration by unarmed French citizens shows how President Emmanuel Macron’s law and order crisis spirals.
It comes after former conservative minister Luc Ferry called for live fire to be used against the ‘thugs’ from the Yellow Vest movement who he says ‘beat up police’.