Protests storm Champs Elysees after Bastille Day parade

Protests storm Champs Elysees after Bastille Day parade
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French police reportedly fired tear gas to break up protests along Paris's Champs Elysees following the traditional Bastille Day military parade that had closed it down on Sunday.

A few hundred protestors from the grassroots "yellow vests" movement, which has morphed into a general discontent against French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronMacron urges EU to condemn Turkish invasion of Syria US should support, but also prod, Ukraine Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill MORE, attempted to occupy the famous avenue following the parade, according to Reuters.

The news service reports authorities had banned demonstrations near the parade.


Macron and his guests had reportedly left the area for a lunch at the Elysees presidential palace before the protests. 

Protestors were throwing objects at police and set bins on fire, according to Reuters, which added that officers ordered demonstrators to leave the area or be forceable removed. 

Protestors reportedly regrouped on adjacent streets, drawing more tear gas fire. 

The number of "yellow vest" protestors has dwindled to a few hundred in the past few weeks, from the 300,000 nationwide in November when demonstrations began against fuel price hikes, the news service noted.