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PSG’s title celebrations turn ugly as fans riot

Paris Saint-Germain's title celebrations turned ugly on Monday when PSG fans clashed with riot police in the centre of the French capital. Missiles were thrown at police officers who responded with teargas. Fans also smashed store windows.

PSG's title celebrations turn ugly as fans riot
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PSG's celebrations after being crowned champions of Ligue 1 had to be cut short on Monday after fans clashed with riot police.

There were ugly scenes at Place Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower where thousands of fans had gathered to greet their victorious team.

The celebrations turned sour when fans, believed to be a group of ultras who were banned from the stadium, turned up and began throwing missiles at riot police and stewards.

"It was the fault of the ultras, we couldn't celebrate because of them," one fan told AFP.

Another, Alexandre, said: "The festival was ruined."

A police source reported: "There were numerous smoke bombs and objects thrown at the players' podium, and a strong surge by the crowd when the players got onto the podium.

"Police officers reinforced security around the podium which resulted in objects being thrown at the security forces."

Fans also took to Twitter to condemn the rioters.

One fan writing "Unbelievable. They have destroyed the Champs (Elysées) for football.

Another tweeted: "PSG shamed by these rioters who have stained the image of the most beautiful city in the world."

Officers responded with tear gas but could not gain control forcing PSG's players and club bosses to cut short the celebration ceremony.

There were reports of several injured fans being taken to hospital.

PSG's players were supposed to spend the night partying on a cruise boat on the river Seine but it was cancelled as trouble continued into the night.

French TV showed images of fans smashing the windows of designer stores in the nearby area like Louis Vuitton. There were also images of supermarkets being ransacked and bus stops and burned out bus stops and cars.

TV coverage captured fans being carried away on stretchers by first aid crews.

At one point fans appeared to rob the luggage compartment of a tourist bus which was obviously caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A spokesman for the police Alliance union told BFMTV that the forces of order had underestimated the potential for violence and had did not have enough officers on the streets.

The images which will be beamed around the world will do impress PSG's Qatari owners who are desperate to improve the club's global image.

The Paris club has a longstanding hooligan problem which has seen rival fan groups clashing basis on a regular before and after matches.

PSG : affrontements entre CRS et supporters… par ITELE

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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