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Yellow Vest protests kick up in France again

Faces of the Yellow protest
Protesters chant slogans as during the ‘yellow vests’ demonstration on the Champs-Elys??es near the Arc de Triomphe on December 8, 2018 in Paris France. ”Yellow Vests’ (‘Gilet Jaunes’ or ‘Vestes Jaunes’) is a protest movement without political affiliation which was inspired by opposition to a new fuel tax. After a month of protests, which have wrecked parts of Paris and other French cities, there are fears the movement has been infiltrated by ‘ultra-violent’ protesters. Today’s protest has involved at least 5,000 demonstrators gathering in the Parisian city centre with police having made over 200 arrests so far. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Paris, May 11, 2019 (dpa/NAN)

Numerous protesters from the Yellow Vest movement took to the streets of France again on Saturday to protest the economic and social policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

Details about the number of participants were notmimmediately available.

While the protests were initially largely peaceful, tensions between the security forces and demonstrators were particularly high in Nantes in the west of France and in Lyon in the south-east of the country, where the police used tear gas.

The authorities had warned in advance about the potential for rioting in both cities.

According to the Interior Ministry, not fewer than 19,000 demonstrators participated in the Yellow Vest protests on May 4, with 40,000 organisers.

The Yellow Vests have been demonstrating against the reform policies of Macron and the centrist government since mid-November.

Initially, up to 250,000 people took part in the protests nationwide, which often turned violent, with clashes between demonstrators and the security forces.

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