Despite freezing temperatures and rain, tens of thousands of Yellow Vest protesters took to streets across France on Saturday for a tenth consecutive week of demonstrations, completely ignoring French President Emmanuel Macron's call for a "national debate" - the latest scheme we can add to the pile of failed gimmicks aimed at stopping the movement.
And while the MSM is largely ignoring the size and scope of the protests, independent journalists, select foreign news outlets and others have been documenting the mayhem.
🚨 #France ℹ #Bordeaux 🔴 explosive SITUATION 💥 right now ongoing between #GiletsJaunes and regime forces during #ActeX #19January #YellowVests #Resistance #GJ #Solidarity #GiletsJaune #Breaking pic.twitter.com/0Xrz9LIKWP— Partisan FB🏴 (@PartisanDE) January 19, 2019
Protesters assembled by the Invalides plaza near the National Assembly and marched through the city's Left Bank in freezing temperatures. The demonstrations were largely peaceful but, according to reporters, clashes broke out late in the afternoon between police and demonstrators, some wearing masks, in Paris' central Invalides district.
Protesters threw firecrackers, bottles and stones at the police who responded with water cannon and tear gas to push them back.
Authorities said there were around 7,000 protesters in Paris, some of whom gathered near the world-famous Champs Elysees, while there were similar demonstrations in major cities across France. Rallies took place in Toulouse, Lyon, Rouen and other cities.
According to the French Interior Ministry, there were less protestors across France on Saturday, with the official number standing at 27,000 at around 2pm local time.
A fire broke out at the Joan of Arc station in Toulouse, causing people to rush out and evacuate. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
Alert-Joan of Arc station, at #Toulouse, is on fire. The users are evacuated. The street medic's going to get those trapped. Flames are escaping. The cause of the fire is unknown. #ActeX very tense-10,000 demonstrators. #19Janvier https://t.co/ryziCCqD7j— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) January 19, 2019
Twitter user @Bellingdawg is a highly recommended follow - both tweeting and retweeting footage you'll never see on the evening news.
🚨 #France ℹ️ #Toulouse 🔴 First tensions at the Jean Jaurès station where the police force has just fired chemical weapons against members of the #GiletsJaunes during #ActeX #19January #YellowVests #Resistance pic.twitter.com/HUyMwyIxsf— Partisan FB🏴 (@PartisanDE) January 19, 2019
🚨 #France ℹ Vitry le François 🔴Macron's regime forces strangled a protester at the #ActeX, this #19January2019. The young man tries to defend himself: "Why are you strangling me? I'm 20 years old !! #GiletsJaunes #19January #Acte10 #Resistance #GJ pic.twitter.com/r3mdTZ52G2— Partisan FB🏴 (@PartisanDE) January 19, 2019
Just a whole population getting tear gassed!— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) January 19, 2019
Did you know many major cities have BANNED the use of tear gas in populated areas because of effects on innocent bystanders which could include children and the elderly #GiletsJaunes #ActeX#Acte10pic.twitter.com/pFwbDrgL83