Retailers across France were left assessing the cost of another weekend of protests throughout the country, which in Paris resulted in more damage than the prior week, according to officials.
Entire sections of central Paris, usually bustling with Christmas shoppers at this time of year, were deserted on Saturday as police faced off against demonstrators across town in the fourth weekend of violent antigovernment protests. Thousands of stores erected wooden barricades and remained shut, as did major tourist attractions and museums, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, the Centre Pompidou, the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Paris Opera, effectively turning Paris into a ghost town — except for the 10,000 protesters in yellow safety vests who descended on the French capital.
Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marché and BHV Marais protectively closed their doors, while LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Kering put all their boutiques on lockdown.
Paris officials said the damage was worse than the week before, as the protesters were unable to erect barricades and instead fanned out over the city. “We did not avoid the worst. The image that Paris, that the country, has sent the world is catastrophic,” Emmanuel Grégoire, deputy mayor of Paris, told France Inter radio on Sunday.
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Report by @jdiderich