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‘Yellow Jacket’ protests paralyze Paris and threaten Macron’s government

‘Yellow Jacket’ protests paralyze Paris and threaten Macron’s governmentThe fourth weekend of violent protests in France paralyzed the capital, as demonstrators called for the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron.



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Only Trump can hear Paris mobs chanting his name

Only Trump can hear Paris mobs chanting his nameProtesters took to the streets here Saturday, calling for the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron — and, in Trump's imagination at least,  wildly cheering the American president.



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France's Yellow Vests Bring Their Grievances to Paris, Again

France's Yellow Vests Bring Their Grievances to Paris, Again“Macron was elected because people voted against Le Pen, not for him,” said Raymond Ruis, a 53-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative, in reference to nationalist leader Marine Le Pen. About 4 p.m., some of the people facing riot police no longer donned yellow vests that have become a symbol of the frustration of a middle class having trouble making ends meet.



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French Police Fire Tear Gas As Yellow-Vested Protesters Swarm Paris

French Police Fire Tear Gas As Yellow-Vested Protesters Swarm ParisPARIS (AP) — French riot police fired tear gas and water cannon in Paris on



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PHOTOS: 4th consecutive Saturday of anti-government protests in Paris

PHOTOS: 4th consecutive Saturday of anti-government protests in ParisAnti-government protesters faced off with French riot police in Paris on Saturday, hurling projectiles, torching cars and vandalizing shops and restaurants in a fourth weekend of unrest that has shaken President Emmanuel Macron’s authority.



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Paris shops, monuments to close as fears of protest violence mount

Paris shops, monuments to close as fears of protest violence mountThe Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and scores of shops on the Champs-Elysees are set to close as authorities warned Thursday of fresh violence this weekend during protests which have ballooned into the biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The government is scrambling to stave off another Saturday of burned cars and running street battles with police by “yellow vest” protesters furious over rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. An interior ministry official told AFP that authorities were bracing for “significant violence” on Saturday, based on indications that protesters on both the far right and far left are planning to converge on the capital.



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Climate talks shift to nitty-gritty details of Paris accord

Climate talks shift to nitty-gritty details of Paris accordKATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators at the U.N. climate talks got down to the nitty-gritty task Tuesday of finalizing the rules for the Paris accord, a landmark agreement by countries three years ago to curb global warming.



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The Smashed Face of This Statue Symbolizes the Fury of the Paris Protests

The Smashed Face of This Statue Symbolizes the Fury of the Paris ProtestsProtesters raided the world famous Arc de Triomphe over the weekend



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Dozens arrested after 'yellow vests' clash with police in Paris

Dozens arrested after 'yellow vests' clash with police in ParisMore than 65 people were injured and almost 170 people arrested in central Paris on Saturday after violent clashes between police and "yellow vest" protesters, in a third weekend of nationwide demonstrations against high living costs. Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in battles with protesters around the Arc de Triomphe near the Champs-Elysees avenue and clashes were reported elsewhere across the city centre as well as in other towns across the country. Police said they had arrested 169 people and some are concerned that violent far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests) movement, a spontaneous grassroots rebellion against the struggle many French face to make ends meet. For three weeks, protesters have blocked roads across France, posing one of the largest and most sustained challenges Emmanuel Macron has faced in his 18-month-old presidency. Thousands of anti-government protesters are expected today on the Champs-Elysees in Paris Credit: AFP Sixty-five people, including 11 members of the security forces, have been injured in the capital, Paris police said. "We are attached to dialogue, but also respect for the law," Edouard Philippe told reporters. "I am shocked by the attacks on the symbols of France." The skirmishes in Paris broke out early on Saturday, with rioters and peaceful protesters mixed together after authorities cordoned off the Champs-Elysees, forcing them into adjacent streets. Demonstrators put up barricades in the surrounding areas, smashed some car windows and set alight dozens of vehicles, including a police car. A restaurant in the vicinity was also set ablaze. Several hundred yellow vests, who have no leader and have largely organised themselves online, sat down around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe, singing La Marseillaise, France's national anthem, and chanting, "Macron Resign!" A demonstrator waves a French national flag during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs in front of the Arc of Triomphe Credit: AFP On the facade of the towering 19th-century arch, protesters scrawled in big black letters: "The yellow vests will triumph." Some protesters were later seen on top of the arch. Clashes also took place in other cities and towns including Nantes in the west, Toulouse and Tarbes in the southwest, Puy-en-Velay in the centre of the country, Charleville Mezieres in the northeast and Avignon in the southeast. Along the Champs-Elysees, which was cordoned off, peaceful protesters held up a slogan reading, "Macron, stop treating us like idiots!" The president, who is at the G20 leaders summit in Argentina, said on Tuesday he understood the anger felt by voters outside France's big cities over the squeeze that fuel prices have put on households, but insisted he would not be bounced into changing policy by "thugs". The slogan "The yellow vests will triumph" is seen on the Arc de Triomphe as protesters demonstrate at the Place de l'Etoile in Paris Credit: Reuters Philippe said there were 5,500 protesters in Paris and a combined 36,000 elsewhere in France. Police unions reported 582 road blockages. Some of the protesters expressed concern over the clashes. "What message do the yellow vests want to pass today? That we set France on fire, or find solutions? I find this (violence) absurd," Jacline Mouraud, a prominent activist within the yellow vests movement, told BFM television. But assistant teacher Sandrine Lemoussu, 45, who came from Burgundy to protest, told Reuters that people had had enough. "The people are in revolt," she said. "The anger is rising more and more, and the president despises the French. We aren't here to smash things, but the people have had enough." France's prime minister said 36,000 people were protesting across the country, including 5,500 in the capital for this third nationwide day of demonstration Credit: AFP One retiree protester said: "The government is not listening. Revolution cannot happen without violence." Many on the outskirts of smaller provincial towns and villages have expressed anger, underlining the gap between metropolitan elites and working class voters that has boosted anti-establishment politics across the Western world. "Mr Macron wrote a book called Revolution. He was prophetic because it is what he has managed to launch, but not the revolution he sought," Far-left La France Insoumise leader Jean-Luc Melenchon told reporters ahead of a protest in Marseille. The yellow vests, who enjoy widespread public support, get their name from the high-visibility jackets all motorists in France must carry in their vehicles. The protests have caught Macron off-guard just as he was trying to counter a fall in his popularity rating to 30 percent. His unyielding response has exposed him to charges of being out of touch with ordinary people. 



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PHOTOS: Violent riots in Paris after 2 weeks of nationwide protests over rising taxes

PHOTOS: Violent riots in Paris after 2 weeks of nationwide protests over rising taxesRioters ran amok across central Paris on Saturday, clashing with police in the worst unrest in more than a decade, posing a dire challenge to Emmanuel Macron's presidency.



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