- French security forces could smother centre of Paris with debilitating powder
- Chemical can be spread across area of size of six football pitches in ten seconds
- Police desperate after five weekends of ‘Yellow Vest’ rioting around France
- Paris alone saw 168 arrests with police using water cannon, batons and tear gas
French security forces are ready to smother the centre of Paris with a ‘last resort’ chemical weapon in a bid to keep protesters away from key buildings, it has emerged.
Astonishing revelations about the debilitating powder – which can be spread across an area the size of six football pitches in just ten seconds – highlights the increasing desperation of President Emmanuel Macron’s administration as it faces up to a law and order crisis.
The country has been hit by five straight weeks of violence sparked by the Yellow Vests protest movement that has seen national monuments including the Arc de Triomphe ransacked.