PARIS | The Latest: French minister blames far right over clashes
PARIS — The Latest on protests in France (all times local):
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has accused the far right of encouraging acts of violence and clashes with police in Paris.
Marine Le Pen, the head of the National Assembly party, called on protesters to head to the Champs-Elysees earlier this week despite authorities banning all demonstrations on the avenue.
Castaner’s comments came as French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse angry demonstrators in Paris, as protests and road blockades, led by drivers opposing rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, swept the nation.