President Donald Trump seemingly tweeted in support of the riots in Paris Saturday morning.
The city is on lockdown as armed police battled to contain ‘yellow vest’ demonstrators with more than 500 arrests so far today in the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations over living costs and proposed tax rises in France.
After the US withdrew from the Paris climate change agreement last year, calling it an economic burden, the leader appeared to claim the protesters were calling for his leadership over France.
President Donald Trump tweeted in support of the riots in Paris Saturday
Trump tweeted that he loves France and insinuated the protests were linked to climate change issues
The city is on lockdown as armed police battle to contain demonstrators
‘The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris,’ he wrote. ‘Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting “We Want Trump!” Love France.’
He added about the financial strain: ‘The idea of a European Military didn’t work out too well in W.W. I or 2. But the U.S. was there for you, and always will be. All we ask is that you pay your fair share of NATO. Germany is paying 1% while the U.S. pays 4.3% of a much larger GDP – to protect Europe. Fairness!’
Dozens of streets in central Paris were closed to traffic, while the Eiffel Tower and world-famous museums such as the Musee d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre were closed.
Dramatic photographs offer a snapshot into the volatile atmosphere surrounding the streets of France, as ‘yellow vests’ continue to demand more concessions from the government after Macron’s U-turn on the fuel tax.
Many shops were boarded up to avoid looting, and street furniture and construction site materials have been removed to prevent them from being used as projectiles. About 89,000 police were deployed across the country.
Of these, about 8,000 were deployed in Paris to avoid a repeat of last Saturday’s mayhem when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe monument with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron.