Climate protesters marched through Paris for a second day on Saturday in a rally that saw sporadic clashes between masked demonstrators and police who also broke up “yellow vest” groups trying to stage unauthorised gatherings in the capital.
The climate protest drew some 16,000 participants, according to the police, a day after several thousand young people had turned out in Paris, as in other cities worldwide, to demand government action over climate change.
Demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as “End oil now” and “End of the world” and displayed an effigy of President Emmanuel Macron wearing a crown marked “King of bla-bla”.
Macron, who will attend a United Nations climate conference next week in New York, was also targeted by a giant banner in English unfurled on a bridge on the river Seine. It read “Macron polluter of the earth”, with the word ‘champion’ crossed out.
Some demonstrators held an unauthorised march to Bastille square in the early evening.
The largely peaceful climate rally was marked by brief confrontations between police and masked demonstrators.