About 125,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday in France, with more than 1,700 people arrested, as in last four weekends, France has been a witness to demonstrations against fuel tax rises, high living costs, and other issues.
The capital was particularly badly hit, with windows smashed, cars burned, and shops looted, as 10,000 people took part in demonstrations.
Several tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, are closed this weekend, BBC reported.
Describing the situation “a crisis” for both society and democracy, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said: “It’s a catastrophe for commerce, it’s a catastrophe for our economy.”
He said it during a visit to shops in Paris that had been damaged during the protests.
“There was much more damage yesterday than a week ago” because Saturday’s protests were more dispersed, deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told local radio.