Workmen cleared away burned hulks of cars, scrubbed the defaced Arc de Triomphe monument and replaced the shattered windows of luxury boutiques in Paris on Sunday after the worst riots in the center of the capital in half a century.
Several thousand riot police were overwhelmed on Saturday as they fought running battles with protesters in the shadows of some of Paris’ fabled landmarks and through its fanciest shopping districts. More than 400 people were arrested and more than 100 injured, shocking Parisians and tourists alike.
Lasting damage might be caused if crews are forced to erode the arch’s stonework to render it clean, he said.
Authorities were caught off-guard by the escalation in violence after two weeks of nationwide unrest against carbon taxes and high living costs, known as the “yellow vest” movement after the fluorescent jackets worn by the protesters.
The government said it would consider a state of emergency in the face of unrest across the country.
The violence in Paris was the worst in the elegant center of the capital since the May 1968 student uprising that brought France to its knees.