Updated with video: Black Press Media staffer witnesses Paris riots

Thousands trash glamorous Champs-Elysees

A Black Press Media staffer who was in Paris when 10,000 rioters sacked the glamorous Champs-Elysees on Saturday said the well-known avenue has been “totally destroyed.”

Jane Ilott and husband Steve arrived in Paris the day before the violence that was part of the Yellow Vest movement with 17-year-old son Callum and 15-year-old daughter Emily.

“We actually walked the Champs Elysees the day before, stopped and had coffee and croissants at a sidewalk cafe,” Ilott said.

It was her first trip to Paris.

“We stayed in the Marais district — out of the danger zone, but down the street from the police station,” she said.

Police sirens began sounding Saturday morning and were still sounding when the Ilotts left Sunday morning.

“We were headed to the Arc de Triumph [sic] for our tour,” Ilott said. “The protest was still going on and we decided to leave the area and come back later. After our tour of the Catacombs, we headed back to the Arc de Triumph. As we came around the corner we came upon the destruction of the Champs-Elysees.”

“[With] riot police blocking every side street, we had no choice but to walk through the aftermath of the worst riot in the history of Paris.”

The metro was shut down and Ilott had to find a taxi to get back to the hotel.

“We hurried out of the area as the riot police were starting to form up again,” she said. “We didn’t feel unsafe, but didn’t want to linger.”

The violent demonstration by the “yellow vest” movement saw about 80 luxury stores, restaurants and banks looted and burned.

In one case, a fire in a bank spread to a residential building and threatened the lives of a mother and child.

Nearly 200 people were arrested.

It’s “very sad” said Iliott, who filed photos and video taken by daughter Emily of the aftermath.

– with files from The Associated Press

 

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