PARIS – The road network and French motorway have suffered many disruptions on Saturday during the day of demonstration of "Vests yellow" angry against rising fuel prices and erosion of purchasing power, local media reported.
According to the national gendarmerie more than 5000 people were controlled in the middle of the day on the axes and tolls with "numerous arrests of violent individuals carrying dangerous objects", added the same sources.
On the A6, at the Villefranche-sur-Saône, the highway was cut in both directions, and this since 4:30, according to a spokesman for Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR).
Cut in the direction Bordeaux-Paris, after an action of "yellow vests" during the night from Friday to Saturday, the A10 was reopened in the middle of the day, according to the prefecture of Gironde.
A hundred demonstrators set fire to palettes and tires from midnight at 4:00 am at Saint-André-de-Cubzac, north of Bordeaux.
In contrast, on the A10 still, inputs and outputs of Châtellerault north in the Vienne remained disturbed.
In New Aquitaine again, in Agen, traffic was blocked at the A62 tollgate.
In Charente-Maritime, a "toll free" operation was underway in Tonnay-Charente and Limoges, one of the exits of the A20 was blocked.
On the Franco-Spanish border, the "yellow vests" had established a barrier dam at the Biriatou toll, blocking trucks from Spain, according to the prefecture of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, while disturbances were also reported around Bayonne on the A63.
The Vinci network also identified many points blocked by "yellow vests" throughout France in the early afternoon.
On the A7, access was still forbidden, especially at the Montélimar, Bollène and Orange levels, while on the A9, the interchange remained closed in both directions at Narbonne Sud.
The network was also part of the filtering operations on the Côte d'Azur, especially still at the tolls of Bandol and La Ciotat on the A50.
In total, Vinci recorded "strong disturbances" and "filtering operations" on more than twenty highways of its network, traffic being sometimes impacted by gatherings of "yellow vests" near the exchangers .
The fourth day of demonstrations of "yellow vests", strongly framed by the police, took place in a relatively quiet atmosphere in Paris, despite some tension on the Champs-Elysees.