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Yellow vest protests 'economic catastrophe' for France

Yellow vest protests 'economic catastrophe' for France

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The "yellow vest" protests have been "a catastrophe" for the French economy, the finance minister says.France has seen four consecutive weekends of demonstrations against fuel tax rises, high living costs and other issues.About 125,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday, with more than 1,200 taken into custody. President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce anti-crisis measures in an address to the nation on Monday.Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called the situation "a crisis" for both society and democracy."It's a catastrophe for business, it's a catastrophe for our economy," he said during a visit to shops in Paris that had been damaged during the protests.The capital was particularly badly hit, with windows smashed...
Tear gas fired as hundreds arrested in violent French protests

Tear gas fired as hundreds arrested in violent French protests

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Tear gas and water cannon have been used on thousands of people across France as protests continued against taxes and President Emmanuel Macron. Parts of central Paris were placed on lockdown and 89,000 security officials were deployed across the country amid fears of a repeat of rioting a week ago which damaged a major monument and injured 130 people.Paris Metro stations and tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Musee d'Orsay are closed, as 8,000 security personnel in the capital alone try to quell the rising fury.Earlier, tear gas was fired by officers as protesters stormed towards steel barriers and police trucks stationed outside the presidential palace. ...
France abandons petrol price hikes in response to violent protests

France abandons petrol price hikes in response to violent protests

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France has scrapped plans for all petrol price hikes in 2019 following weeks of violent protests. Just a day after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the rises would be suspended for six months from their original introduction date in January, the environment minister confirmed that they had been cancelled completely.Minister Francois de Rugy told BFM TV that the government had decided to ditch the plans in their entirety in order to assuage fears that the increase would be be reintroduced as soon as the protests came to an end. Image: Protesters think Mr Macron is out of touch with the working class Demonstrations against what would have been one of Emmanuel Macron's flagship policies began on 17 November.While...
Emmanuel Macron to hold emergency Cabinet meeting over Paris protests

Emmanuel Macron to hold emergency Cabinet meeting over Paris protests

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Dec. 2 (UPI) -- French President Emmanuel Macron planned to hold an emergency security meeting Sunday one day after the third weekend of at-times violent protests in Paris. Saturday's anti-government clashes between demonstrators and police led to some 183 arrests and left at least 100 people injured, including law enforcement officers. A car crash caused by a traffic jam associated with the demonstrations left one person dead -- the third person to die in protest-related traffic since protests began Nov. 17. Macron, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner planned to hold a Cabinet meeting to determine how to deal with the protesters, who are angry at higher living costs spurred in part by an increased fuel tax. The president returned from t...
France fuel protests: Police in Paris fire tear gas

France fuel protests: Police in Paris fire tear gas

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Police in Paris have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters, in a second weekend of demonstrations sparked by rising fuel prices.Violence erupted on the Champs-Elysées as protesters tried to get through a security cordon around sensitive sites.About 5,000 protesters had converged on the avenue. Dozens of people were arrested after clashing with police.Organisers of the "yellow vest" movement billed the latest protests as "act two" in their rolling campaign.Named after their distinctive high-visibility attire, the protesters oppose an increase in fuel duty on diesel. More than 100,000 took part in Saturday's protests across the country. They passed off largely peacefully - excep...