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Number of cultural sites to close in Paris on Saturday reaches 48

The number of cultural sites closed in Paris on Saturday continues to rise with the number hitting 48. Here's a full list from Paris City Hall.

Number of cultural sites to close in Paris on Saturday reaches 48
The Eiffel Tower will be among those cultural sites closed in Paris on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Tourists in Paris will struggle to find something to do this weekend.

But given the violence that took place last weekend and the likelihood of a repeat perhaps it's better if tourists avoid the city altogether on Saturday.

Paris City Hall is keeping an up to date list on its website of all the places that will be closed and they include the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum as well as the huge department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.

Open top bus tours won't be running in the capital and many restaurants and shops across the whole city may decide to close up for the day.

Here is the full list of cultural sites closed from the City Hall:

Arc de Triomphe

Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Centre Pompidou

Chapelle expiatoire

Château de Versailles

Château de Vincennes

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Conciergerie

Crypte archéologique de l’île de la Cité

Domaine national du Palais-royal

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Hôtel de Sully

Jardin des Tuileries

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

Les Catacombes

Maison de la Radio

Maison de Victor Hugo

Musée Cernuschi

Musée Cognacq-Jay

Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Musée d'Orsay

Musée de la Franc Maçonnerie

Musée de l'Homme

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée du Jeu de Paume

Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Musée Eugène Delacroix

Musée Jacquemart-André

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Luxembourg

Musée Marmottan Monet

Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet

Musée Nissim de Camondo

Musée Picasso Paris

Musée Rodin

Opéra Bastille

Palais de la Découverte

Palais Garnier

Palais de Tokyo

Panthéon

Pavillon de l'Arsenal

Petit Palais – Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris

Sainte-Chapelle

Tour Eiffel

Tours de Notre-Dame de Paris 

And there are also a number of theatres closed.

Comédie Francaise – Salle Richelieu
 
Comédie Française – Studio-Théâtre 
 
Crazy Horse 
 
Lido de Paris
 
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
 
Théâtre Marigny Théâtre du Rond-Point

And as for shops, well owners of shops around the city may well take the decision to close to avoid being the victim of vandalism and looting. 

But some streets like the Champs-Elysées and Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré will be entirely shut down and boarded up.

Residents in the area have told The Local of their fears of more violence. 

The full list of the sites and events impacted by the protest can be viewed HERE.

 

 

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What happened to the rioters who trashed the Arc de Triomphe during yellow vest violence?

A court in France has finally handed out sentences to some of those involved in the vandalism and theft at the Arc de Triomphe in December 2018 - when 'yellow vest' violence in Paris shocked the world.

What happened to the rioters who trashed the Arc de Triomphe during yellow vest violence?
'Yellow vest' protesters clash with police by the Arc de Triomphe on December 1st 2018 in Paris. Photo: Abdulmonam EASSA / AFP

The French court on Thursday sentenced eight people to suspended jail terms and community service for taking part in one of the most violent episodes of the anti-government ‘yellow vest’ protests that rocked France two years ago.

A total of nine stood trial this week for the incident, but one of them, a former soldier, was cleared for lack of evidence, presiding judge Sonia Lumbroso said at the verdict.

The court ruled the suspects were neither the instigators nor the main culprits of the vandalism and looting around the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, when scenes of destruction and fierce clashes with police made global headlines.

Most of them had no criminal records.

They were sentenced to 70 hours of community service for entering the monument, but those also found guilty of stealing items such as postcards, Arc de Triomphe models or miniature Eiffel Towers from the gift shop, were fined €100 for theft.

A ‘yellow vest’ protester arrives at the courthouse in Paris to attend the trial of ten people on charge of destruction and theft around the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris. Photo: Thomas COEX / AFP

One of the group, a man who was caught on camera trying to break down a door with a fire extinguisher, was handed the most severe sentence, a suspended prison term of eight months.

Dozens of cars were set on fire and businesses trashed all along the celebrated Champs-Elysées avenue on December 1st, 2018, the third Saturday of mass demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron.

READ ALSO: Macron risks losing support from left against Le Pen in French presidential election

He was accused of ignoring the plight of struggling French families and after months of protests he abandoned a planned fuel tax hike and raised spending on the lowest earners.

The protesters had already skirmished with security forces at earlier rallies, but police were unprepared for the rioting that engulfed the capital just a few weeks before Christmas.

Despite firing volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets, the officers were forced to abandon their positions around the Arc de Triomphe, which honours France’s war dead.

Protesters snuffed out the eternal flame over the tomb of an unknown World War I soldier and spray-painted the stone walls with graffiti including “the yellow vests will triumph”.

Others forced their way inside the arch, ransacking the gift shop and damaging scores of artworks, causing damage that cost €1.2 million to repair.

READ ALSO: Is France’s ‘yellow vest’ movement really on its way back?

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