A former French minister today called for the police to able to use live fire on rioting Yellow Vest protesters.

The words of Luc Ferry, the 68-year-old conservative, highlight the growing law and order crisis facing the country.

Mr Ferry, once an Education Minister and now a full-time philosopher, said: ‘What I don’t understand is that we don’t give the means to the police to put an end to this violence.’

When it was suggested that guns might lead to wounding or worse, Mr Ferry said: ‘So what? Listen, frankly, when you see guys beating up an unfortunate policeman on the floor, that’s when they should use their weapons once and for all. That’s enough!’

The movement – which is named after the high viz jackets all motorists have to carry in France – also set fire to buildings as police batons, tear gas and water cannon were used against them.

Speaking to Classic Radio, Mr Ferry added: ‘We have the fourth largest army in the world, and it is able to put an end to this c***.