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WorldFrench police deployed amid new round of protests over taxes

11:55  01 december  2018
11:55  01 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

Police brace for driver protests in Paris, around France

Police brace for driver protests in Paris, around France France is deploying thousands of police to try to contain nationwide protests and road blockades by drivers angry over rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron's presidency. 

PARIS — France is deploying soldiers to calm violence on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion after protests over fuel tax hikes degenerated into looting and rioting. Schools on the island are closed for a third day Thursday because protesters ' roadblocks prevent teachers

The French military could not provide details on the deployments . The prefecture said 123 people have been Protesters called the "yellow Jackets" face riot police officers as they block a crossroads to protest against the A new wave of protests is planned for sites around the country Saturday.

French police deployed amid new round of protests over taxes © The Associated Press French riot police officers take position amid tear gas during a demonstration Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 in Paris. French authorities have deployed thousands of police on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue to try to contain protests by people angry over rising taxes and Emmanuel Macron's presidency. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

PARIS — French authorities have deployed thousands of police on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue to try to contain protests by people angry over rising taxes and President Emmanuel Macron's government.

The so-called yellow jackets have called for new demonstrations and road blockades Saturday across France, including the capital, where a demonstration last weekend turned violent.

Hundreds of people gathered at the top of the Champs-Elysees on Saturday morning. Access to the avenue was closed to cars and strictly monitored by police with identity checks and bag inspections.

Police briefly used tear gas to disperse the crowd as some tried to force their way through.

The protests, which began with motorists demonstrating against a fuel tax hike, now involve a broad range of demands related to the country's high cost of living.

French PM seeks 'unity' after new unrest.
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has vowed to "restore national unity" after violence broke out during a fourth consecutive weekend of protests. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday - the latest day of "yellow vest" demonstrations against fuel tax rises and high living costs. Almost 1,000 people were taken into custody but the violence was not on the same level as a week earlier. Discussions with peaceful protesters "must continue", Mr Philippe said. He added: "No tax should jeopardise our national unity.

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