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French Police Fire Tear Gas as “Yellow Vest" March through Paris


7Dnews London - Reuters

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 16:20 GMT

French police fired tear gas at "Yellow Vest" protesters in Paris on February 9th, as demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron's government entered a 13th weekend.

According to Reuters, demonstrators began marching at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, the monument at the top of the French capital's Champs Elysees and the scene of violent clashes with riot police during previous protests. Then, they marched to the National Assembly buildings where police fired tear gas after protesters vandalised the walls around the building, which is currently under construction.

The protests, named after the fluorescent jackets French motorists are required to carry in their cars, began in mid-November over plans to raise fuel taxes before developing into a broader revolt against the government, have mobilised tens of thousands of demonstrators nation-wide every Saturday for over three months.

About 1,000 police officers have been injured along with 1,700 demonstrators since the start of the protests, according to official figures.