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A famous restaurant in Paris that was forced to close its doors earlier in the year after it was ransacked during a “yellow vest” protest has reopened its doors to diners on Saturday.

Fouquet’s, among the capital’s most exclusive eateries, had to close due to the damage it sustained on March 16

The bistro on the Champs-Elysees was partially damaged by fire, looted and had its windows smashed.

Only a select group of Fouquet’s most loyal clients was invited to Saturday’s reopening.

But the establishment will once more be open to everyone from Sunday, when its kitchen will put on a special 120-euro ($135) buffet, offering its customers prime seats for the military parade that will unfold along the iconic avenue to mark Bastille Day.

The restaurant is known for having hosted the gala dinner for France’s movie awards, the César Awards, every year since 1976.

Since 1990, the venue has been on the list of France’s historic monuments and it was renovated for the first time back in 2017.

The Barrière Group, which owns Fouquet, has not specified its losses over the past four months while the restaurant has been closed, nor the cost of the work to restore it.

The group has said it will be taking precautions on Sunday when Algeria takes on Nigeria in the semifinals African Cup of Nations following attacks and looting of businesses near the Champs-Elysees on Thursday after Algeria beat Ivory Coast 4-3.

Thursday's violence left one person dead in Montpelier and saw 74 arrests across the country. EFE

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