PARIS — About 200 unemployed young people invaded one of the city's most luxurious gourmet stores Saturday to demand public assistance and jobs.
The protesters knocked over tins of imported Christmas cookies and threatened fragile jars of caviar in the century-old Fauchon on the Place Madeleine.
"They entered through all the doors at once. We thought we were under attack," said manager Rene Cordanie. "We represent wealth and these youngsters are Communists. What are you going to do?"
The protesters raced through the gourmet store, picking out expensive items and presenting cashiers with mock government certificates as payment.
"I wasn't scared, I was angry," said one store clerk, who recalled that the shop's produce department was attacked in 1970 by a Maoist group that later distributed stolen fruit in poor neighborhoods.