Tuesday 23 April 2019

French yellow vest protesters clash with police in Paris

Protesters clash with French riot police during a demonstration by the
Protesters clash with French riot police during a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris, France, March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
People attend a demonstration asking for urgent measures to combat climate change, in Paris, France, March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Protesters clash with French riot police during a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris, France, March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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French yellow vest protesters have clashed with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe on the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron.

Protesters threw smoke bombs and other objects at officers, and started hitting the windows of a police van.

Riot police then retreated, as did a water cannon, with protesters kicking the side of the large lorry.

Later, the water cannon unleashed bursts from a side street to try to push protesters back.

A burning vehicle was seen nearby.

Police have announced 20 arrests already as protesters try to breathe new life into their movement against Mr Macron and his policies.

After dwindling numbers in recent weekend protests, yellow vest groups organised dozens of rallies and marches on Saturday in the capital and around.

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