Interior Minister Christophe Castaner argued that the “original” Yellow Vest movement was overtaken by the violent ‘ultra-yellow’ protesters, as the massive anti-government rallies across France reached their first anniversary.

The minister’s statement followed a tweet by left-wing lawmaker Jean-Luc Melenchon, who blamed police for behaving like “a government militia” and causing chaos on the streets during the protest rallies.

Castaner, in turn, blasted “barbaric” Yellow Vests for attacking police officers and preventing firefighters from putting out the fires started by the demonstrators on the makeshift barricades and parked vehicles in downtown Paris on Saturday.

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