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Fury as Yellow Vest protesters storm Paris hospital where Princess Diana died and try to burst into intensive care unit


A MOB of rioters linked to France’s Yellow Vest movement tried to storm the intensive care unit of the Paris hospital where Princess Diana died, it has emerged.

In unprecedented scenes that have caused shock and outrage across France, agitators wearing black masks and carrying improvised weapons attacked the Pitie-Salpetriere.

Here yellow vests can be seen in and around the hospital
Here yellow vests can be seen in and around the hospital
A riot cop wields his baton at a man as the protesters storm the hospital
A riot cop wields his baton at a man as the protesters storm the hospital
A legion of riot cops could be seen pouring in to rid the hospital of the invaders
A legion of riot cops could be seen pouring in to rid the hospital of the invaders

Hospital director Marie-Anne Ruder told France Inter: “Fortunately, quick thinking staff — a dozen doctors, nurses, caregivers and interns — got behind the door to prevent intrusion.

“They were determined to protect the patients.

“The staff is deeply shocked that the hospital could become a target it was a very painful moment for all those who experienced this violent and brutal intrusion.”

Another hospital source said: “They were clearly very angry.

“Security guards signalled that they were trying to force themselves through a locked gate that eventually gave way.

“It was then that a mob got into the hospital grounds, and made its way up a staircase to the first floor intensive care unit.

“Staff had to secure a door of a unit full of patients who require intensive care.”

The staff is deeply shocked that the hospital could become a target


Hospital director Marie-Anne Ruder

The invasion unfolded at about 4.30pm yesterday towards the end of chaotic May Day protests across Paris that saw almost 300 people arrested as riot cops piled in and removed the protesters.

An police officer had been admitted to the same hospital earlier in the afternoon, after being hit by a slab of concrete.

About 15 of his comrades were also being treated for lesser wounds.

Princess Diana died in an emergency unit in the same hospital on August 31 1997 after a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel.

The mayhem was repeated across Paris as thousands gathered for May Day protests dubbed an “Armageddon” by extremist demonstrators.

Paris police said 250 people had been arrested, most for public order offences related to the rioting, as cops clashed with ‘Black Bloc’ anti-capitalists.

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Weapons were also confiscated as the police used tear gas, rubber bullets and baton charges to try and restore order. 

Thugs from the so-called Black Bloc anti-capitalist movement were involved in running battles with police soon after 1pm (local time).

Black Bloc activists with their faces covered could be seen leading attacks on officers, and smashing up vehicles and shop fronts.

The worst early violence was outside La Rotonde, President Emmanuel Macron’s favourite restaurant in Montparnasse.

A CRS riot control officer at the scene said: “Black Bloc agitators were throwing stones and other missiles at us, and we had to charge.

“Tear gas has also been deployed to bring order to the situation. The situation is very tense. There have been 88 arrests reported so far.”

Huge parts of Paris are on lockdown today as an unprecedented 7,400 police officers have been drafted onto the streets.

May Day riots are expected in the French capital today, following the months of chaos caused by ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters.

There’s no question of dramatising anything, it is a question of being prepared


Christophe CastanerInterior Minister

The massive security presence was announced by Interior Minister Christophe Castaner who said: “There’s no question of dramatising anything, it is a question of being prepared.”

May Day is a Bank Holiday and a traditional time for Left-Wing workers to rise up against the ruling elite.

Around 5,000 police, gendarmes and soldiers have been deployed for recent Yellow Vest demonstrations that have descended into anarchy.

Today a further 2,400 were deemed necessary as the Vests were joined by trade unionists, climate change protesters and so-called Black Bloc anti-capitalists who have pledged to turn Paris into the “Riot Capital of Europe”.

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Mr Castanar said the extra officers were needed because “1,000 to 2,000 extremists” were expected to add to the disturbance.

There are 25,000 Yellow Vests expected in Paris alone, and some 100,000 more in other parts of France, Mr Castaner claims.

Many “radical activists” more are expected to come from neighbouring countries including Britain, Germany and Italy to join in the mayhem.

There are fears they will target public monuments, banks and high-end shops, as well as the threat of the fires that have become commonplace at Yellow Vest protests.

This has led to the closure of the Champs Elysee, along with Paris’s governmental and diplomatic districts.

THREAT TO PUBLIC MONUMENTS

The Ile de la Cite – the island where Notre Dame Cathedral is situated – was also on lockdown following the blaze that almost destroyed it last month.

Armoured cars and water cannons are also deployed next to historic buildings such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomhe.

The Vests – who are named after their high-visibility jackets – started as an online group calling for an end to high fuel prices last November.

They have been demonstrating in major cities in France and beyond every Saturday since, and are now calling for President Emmanuel Macron to resign.


Mr Macron went on television last week to outline a package of economic reforms worth around £4.5billion, but it has failed to pacify his critics.

As he prepares for European Parliament elections this month, the president wants to show he is capable of maintaining law and order in his own country.

May Day demonstrations were also expected today in major cities such as Bordeaux, Marseille and Toulouse.

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