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France: Tensions high as 'Yellow Vest' protests continue in Paris01:12

France: Tensions high as 'Yellow Vest' protests continue in Paris

France, Paris
December 15, 2018 at 22:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Some 8,000 police were deployed to the streets of Paris on Saturday, as 'Yellow Vest' protesters demonstrated for the fifth consecutive weekend.

The number of demonstrators was down from last week with the French Interior Ministry estimating only 2,200 protesters in the French capital, compared to 10,000 last weekend.

The 'Yellow Vest' protests were initially motivated by the announcement of fuel tax hikes, but the movement has evolved into an expression of general anger at high costs of living, poverty and inequality in the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced several measures designed to appease protesters last week, including an increase to the minimum wage. The authorities have also appealed for the demonstrations to end in light of the recent terror attack in Strasbourg.

France: Tensions high as 'Yellow Vest' protests continue in Paris01:12
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Some 8,000 police were deployed to the streets of Paris on Saturday, as 'Yellow Vest' protesters demonstrated for the fifth consecutive weekend.

The number of demonstrators was down from last week with the French Interior Ministry estimating only 2,200 protesters in the French capital, compared to 10,000 last weekend.

The 'Yellow Vest' protests were initially motivated by the announcement of fuel tax hikes, but the movement has evolved into an expression of general anger at high costs of living, poverty and inequality in the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced several measures designed to appease protesters last week, including an increase to the minimum wage. The authorities have also appealed for the demonstrations to end in light of the recent terror attack in Strasbourg.

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