Armored vehicles and water cannons deployed; tear gas thrown, police arrests VIDEO
Protesters arrived in convoys from all over France, intending to enter the city in defiance of government bans determined to prevent any blockade of the capital.
Paris police have banned "freedom convoys" from entering the city this weekend as hundreds of vehicles set out from across France to block the capital.
Police stopped five hundred vehicles trying to enter Paris.
French police responded with tear gas to the "Freedom Convoy" in several squares in Paris.
Fourteen people were arrested, 337 reports were written by early afternoon and 500 vehicles were stopped during the morning trying to enter Paris, police said. The vehicles were intercepted at three entrances to the French capital, the police announced on Twitter.
However, a number of vehicles entered the city and then there were sporadic clashes with protesters at the Triumphal Arch. Police previously asked demonstrators to move after climbing vehicles in the middle of a circular flow around the triumphant gate and when they refused, tear gas was deployed.
Nearly 7.200 police officers and gendarmes have been deployed in the next three days to enforce the ban on the passage of convoys of vehicles, the Paris police announced.
Paris police have banned freedom convoys from entering the city this weekend as hundreds of vehicles set out from across France to block the capital https://t.co/ZlT9X2wcgY
— The Times (@thetimes) February 10, 2022
Paris - its starting...its gonna be an interesting weekend. pic.twitter.com/naNzDODu3l
— Nat (Honorary🇨🇦trucker) (@Arwenstar) February 12, 2022
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