In the capital, nearly 8,000 people demonstrated. The Yellow Jackets had announced that they would not go on the Champ-de-Mars, only place authorized by the prefecture, fearing to be “parked.” Like November 17, they are so together on the Champs Elysees where there were many clashes with the security forces.
The atmosphere has changed radically over morning on the avenue. Very quickly, the CRS attempted to disperse yellow tide with smoke, tear gas and even a water cannon, pushing them toward the place de l’Etoile. At the same time, thugs – some wearing yellow vests, but unknown if they are part of the movement – began to unseal cobblestones and make dams with street furniture. When protesters have ebbed on the place de l’Etoile, the security forces have sprayed them with a rain of tear gas, doing so suffocate the whole neighborhood, including customers of restaurants and hotels or the subway passengers.
Who can predict what will be our Saturday?” In the District of the Champs Elysees, the epicenter of the manifestations of the “Yellow Jackets,” the question torments all theatre managers whose workplaces have been inaccessible to the public four consecutive Saturdays, between the end of November and December 2018. On the eve of the Act IX of this unique social movement, and while starting the new programming of the first day of January, the venues do their accounts and trying to organize their next weekends. The stakes are high because Saturday is the day the most important of the week regarding attendance.
Between November 10 and December 20, 2018, the Cardin-Theatre space in the city lost, four Saturdays, about 80,000 euros of revenue
At the space Cardin-City Theatre (8e), where, ironically, starts the adaptation by Thomas Ostermeier of return to Reims, testing Didier Eribon denouncing the exclusion of the working classes, the management took the lead, in agreement with the artists, and informed his viewers on Saturday, January 12 representations are carried over to the next day. “I had asked the police headquarters that holders of one-way access to the room but it was, in her view, too difficult to organize. “That’s why we anticipated and moved the sessions to Sunday,” explains Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Director of the Theatre of the city, opposed to any cancellation and worried that the security measures impede freedom of movement. Between November 24 and December 15, 2018, this theatre public, close to the Palace of the Elysee and the Embassy of the United States, lost, in four Saturdays, about 80,000 of revenue. “Only 20% of the seats have been postponed on other dates”, says the Director.