In the riots of the „Yellow West“ protests in France, hundreds of thousands of euros have been damaged on the Paris triumphal arch. The head of the National Monuments Authority, Philippe Bélaval, complained on Sunday evening that rioters had devastated showrooms and destroyed works of art. The invaders struck a gypsum model from the 1930s „short and small“ and „beheaded“ a Napoleonic bust made of marble. In addition, graffiti were sprayed on the historic monument.
„I estimate the damage to hundreds of thousands, maybe even a million euros,“ said Bélaval the newspaper „Le Figaro“. The triumphal arch will be closed for visitors for several days. The police are trying to locate the rioters and has ensured according to Bélavels information DNA traces.
During the protests of the „yellow west“ movement there had been serious riots on Saturday in Paris. Rioters built barricades, set fire to cars, and smashed windows. Lawmakers used tear gas and water cannons. France’s head of state Emmanuel Macron took a picture of the devastation Sunday and visited the triumphal arch.