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France: Tear gas flies in Nantes as ‘Yellow Vests’ continue into 13th week02:22

France: Tear gas flies in Nantes as ‘Yellow Vests’ continue into 13th week

France, Nantes
February 9, 2019 at 20:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

'Yellow Vest' demonstrators in Nantes were met with tear gas as they joined nationwide protests on Saturday.

Protesters could be seen running away from tear gas during Saturday's protests, with some kicking canisters back towards riot police.

Omar, a demonstrator in Nantes, said he thinks the government is "playing deaf" instead of addressing the root causes of the protesters' anger.

"People are going on the street to protest because they are suffering. The people earning more than €30,000, €40,000, €50,000 - they are not here because they don't care about us, the Yellow Vests," he said.

The demonstration comes just days after France's national assembly passed an 'anti-hooligan' bill in response to rioters in the 'Yellow Vest' movement.

The bill makes it illegal for protesters to conceal their faces in a bid to make it easier to identify and prosecute rioters.

Protests also swept through the cities of Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Toulouse.

France: Tear gas flies in Nantes as ‘Yellow Vests’ continue into 13th week02:22
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'Yellow Vest' demonstrators in Nantes were met with tear gas as they joined nationwide protests on Saturday.

Protesters could be seen running away from tear gas during Saturday's protests, with some kicking canisters back towards riot police.

Omar, a demonstrator in Nantes, said he thinks the government is "playing deaf" instead of addressing the root causes of the protesters' anger.

"People are going on the street to protest because they are suffering. The people earning more than €30,000, €40,000, €50,000 - they are not here because they don't care about us, the Yellow Vests," he said.

The demonstration comes just days after France's national assembly passed an 'anti-hooligan' bill in response to rioters in the 'Yellow Vest' movement.

The bill makes it illegal for protesters to conceal their faces in a bid to make it easier to identify and prosecute rioters.

Protests also swept through the cities of Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Toulouse.