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WorldRenewed yellow vest protests hit with police water cannon, tear gas in Paris

17:40  12 january  2019
17:40  12 january  2019 Source:   reuters.com

France: Year's 1st yellow vest event brings tear gas, fires

France: Year's 1st yellow vest event brings tear gas, fires French security forces fired tear gas and flash-balls at protesters during a march through picturesque central Paris as several thousand supporters of the yellow vest movement staged their first action of 2019. 

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PARIS (Reuters) - Paris police fired water cannon and tear gas to repel "yellow vest" demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument on Saturday in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.

Thousands of protesters also marched noisily but peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris close to where a major gas explosion in a bakery killed two firefighters and injured nearly 50 people early on Saturday.

'Yellow vest' leader Eric Drouet arrested

'Yellow vest' leader Eric Drouet arrested One of the leaders of the "yellow vest" anti-government demonstrations, Eric Drouet, was detained by French police and placed in custody on Wednesday for organising a central Paris protest without declaring it, according to a source at the prosecutors office. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Drouet -- who already faces a trial for carrying a weapon -- was held while heading for the Champs-Elysees, according to a police source.

Police have deployed tear gas and water cannons against firecracker-hurling Yellow Vest protesters in Paris . According to police figures, 92 people, including 14 security officers, were injured and 263 arrested in the Paris chaos. About 75,000 people showed up for the Yellow Vest protests held all

Police in Paris have fired rubber bullets and tear gas as a fourth weekend of anti-government protests across France turned violent. Almost 1,000 people have been taken into custody nationwide. Parisian hospital authorities said 126 people had been injured in the city, but none seriously.

Central Paris was in lockdown against another feared eruption of violence by radical elements in the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) movement, with bridges across the Seine river closed and official buildings such as parliament and the Elysee presidential palace protected by police barriers.

Groups of protesters also gathered on and around Paris's famous Champs Elysees boulevard, the scene of disturbances in recent weeks, many of them calling loudly for Macron to resign.

"Macron, we are going to tear down your place!" one banner read.

Around the 19th-century Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysee, riot police unleashed water cannon and tear gas at militant yellow-vest protesters after being pelted with stones and paint, witnesses said.

France's Macron launches 'grand debate' following protests

France's Macron launches 'grand debate' following protests French President Emmanuel Macron is formally launching a "grand debate" to try to appease the yellow vest movement following weeks of anti-government protests. Macron heads Tuesday to Grand Bourgtheroulde, a small town in Normandy, where he is to meet about 600 mayors and local officials. Some groups of yellow vest protesters have called for demonstrations in the town during the visit. Authorities have issued a ban on traffic in the area and access is restricted to residents and local workers only. There will also be a high security presence.

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Clashes, tear gas , barricades and broken windows have been the sights in the French capital as the Yellow Vest protests rage throughout the country for the fourth week in The " Yellow Vests " set fire during protests on the Champs-Elysees in Paris , France, on November 24. © Reuters / Benoit Tessier.

By mid-afternoon there had been no major clashes with police unlike in previous weeks. In Paris over 50 people were arrested, some for carrying objects that could be used as weapons.

There were also thousands of marchers in the cities of Bordeaux and Toulon in southern France as well as Strasbourg in the east and the central city of Bourges.

Bourges authorities said nearly 5,000 yellow vests stuck to the designated demonstration area but another 500 had pushed into the city center that was off-limits for demonstrators.

Many businesses in Bourges had boarded themselves up to avoid damage from protesters and authorities had removed street furniture and building site materials that could be used for barricades.

Former pro boxer in custody after assault on French police

Former pro boxer in custody after assault on French police A man identified as a former boxing pro and suspected of viciously attacking riot police officers with his fists and feet during the latest yellow vests protests in France has turned himself in and was placed in custody on Monday, authorities said. The man, identified by French media as Christophe Dettinger, was filmed beating up police officers Saturday in Paris. The videos went viral on social media and created an outpouring of comments either praising or lambasting the man's actions.

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Riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Paris on Saturday, as ' Yellow Vest ' demonstrations continued across France.

In Strasbourg, up to 2,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the European Parliament building and later marched to the center of the city on the Rhine river border with Germany. Protesters set garbage bins ablaze and police fired a few tear gas grenades, but no serious violence or looting was reported.

More than 80,000 police were on duty for the protests nationwide, including 5,000 in Paris.

The "yellow vests" take their name from the high-visibility jackets they wear at road barricades and on the street. Their rage stems from a squeeze on household incomes and a belief that Macron, a former investment banker regarded as close to big business, is indifferent to their hardships.

Macron, often criticized for a monarchical manner, is to launch a national debate on Jan. 15 to try to mollify the yellow vest protesters, whose unrest has shaken his administration.

The debate, to be held on the internet and in town halls, will focus on four themes - taxes, green energy, institutional reform and citizenship. But aides to Macron have said changing the course of Macron's reforms aimed at liberalizing the economy will be off limits.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq, Caroline Pailliez, Antony Paone and Emmanuel Jarry in Paris, Claude Canellas in Bordeaux, Mourad Guichard in Bourges and Gilbert Reilhac in Strasbourg)

Crowdfunding pits French police vs. yellow vest protesters.
As France's yellow vest movement digs in for more protests, weeks of street clashes have produced a competition over which side can raise more money: protesters or police. So far, the police seem to be winning. An online crowdfunding campaign for officers hurt in confrontations with protesters raised more than 1 million euros (almost $1.2 million) by Thursday, days after it was launched. The fundraising effort came in response to a similar but more controversial appeal for donations to benefit a boxer captured on video Saturday while punching police officers at a Paris protest.

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