France braced for 'day of rage' protests

France braced for 'day of rage' protests

France braced for 'day of rage' protests

Some 8,000 police were deployed, carrying out checks on people arriving at train stations and at protest hotspots such as the Champs-Elysees and Bastille monument.

By noon, more than 500 had been detained in Paris, according to a police spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, an Al Arabiya reporter said that 10 people are injured amid clashes with police.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Demonstrators vandalise a branch of American coffee chain Starbucks in Paris, France.

Kirk did not cited evidence for their claims, but other Trump backers have shared a video online that they claim shows Paris protesters shouting support for Trump, but actually shows protesters in London demonstrating in support of far-right activist Tommy Robinson. "And in case they set up barricades, we can quickly clear out the space and let our units progress".

But Mr Trump, who in the past has called climate change a "hoax", believes the discontent is down to people being unhappy with the Paris Agreement, which is aimed at speeding up actions to lower carbon emission.

The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed that the planned increases are no longer included in the 2019 budget.

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On Tuesday Philippe announced the government was suspending planned increases to fuel taxes for at least six months to help defuse weeks of protests, the first U-turn by Macron since he came to power 18 months ago.

Blue armoured vehicles rumbled across cobblestone streets from the Arc de Triomphe across toward eastern Paris as scattered demonstrations spread around the city.

After two weekends of violence in Paris that made the authorities look powerless to secure their capital, police went into overdrive on Saturday to keep a lid on unrest.

Jan Dijkgraaf, the editor of a Dutch "resistance newspaper" had called for peaceful protests in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

But the yellow vests, some of whom who have become increasingly radicalised, are holding out for more. You can't get housing anymore. "Now is the time for discussion", he said. "We want equality, we want to live, not survive", said Guillaume Le Grac, 28, who works in a slaughterhouse in the town of Guingamp in Britanny. Officials have pleaded with the demonstrators to stand down.

They appeared to be outnumbered by police, with 8,000 officers deployed in the capital alone and 89,000 fanned out around the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron agreed late Wednesday to abandon the fuel tax hike that triggered the movement, but their anger at his government has not abated.

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On Saturday, heavily armed French police used tear gas and stun grenades against the protesters.

Clashes have broken out between "yellow vest" protesters and police in the port neighbourhood of Marseille, in the south of France.

Workers carry a wooden board to protect shop windows on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend.

Tourists were few and residents were advised to stay at home if at all possible.

"I hope they don't make it as far as here", said Anthony, a fruit stall vendor in the residential left bank, who declined to give his surname.

The "yellow vest" movement was named after the safety jackets French motorists are required to keep in their vehicles, which the protesters wear at demonstrations.

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Many protesters slammed the French media for portraying the protests as led by violent agitators and for siding with Macron's government.

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