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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

UAE Embassy warns residents on holiday to stay away from Paris riots

Embassy urges people to avoid the Champs-Elysees

Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, are seen during riots on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Reuters
Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, are seen during riots on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Reuters

The UAE Embassy in Paris issued a warning to urging visiting citizens and residents to stay clear of the riots near the Champs-Elysees.

About 8,000 people gathered to take part in protests which were sparked by rising fuel prices on Saturday.

Police used tear gas and water cannons on the protesters to prevent them from reaching the Elysees Palace, the residence of French President Emmanuel Macron.

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There were 130 people detained in Paris and other parts of the country where similar protests took place over the weekend.

The UAE Embassy tweeted: “Due to the evolving situation in the Champs-Elysees and surrounding areas, the Embassy advises its visiting citizens and residents to avoid going to this area in the current period to contact the Embassy.”

Protesters wore fluorescent yellow jackets that all motorists in France are required to keep in their cars.