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Over 1,700 arrested in latest yellow vest protests in France

11 Décembre 2018

It turned to downpours by mid-evening, scattering numerous remaining demonstrators.

On Saturday, protesters, for the fourth weekend in a row, threw stones, torched cars and vandalised shops and restaurants in a protest against Macron's economic policies. Macron, he said, "is not strong enough". French riot police repeatedly repelled them with tear gas and water cannon.

At least 71 people were injured in Paris on Saturday.

While scattered scuffles broke out on Saturday around central Paris, the action seemed less violent overall at noon than at the same time a week ago, when crowds defaced the Arc de Triomphe, one of the city's most revered monuments, and rampaged in the surrounding high-end neighbourhood.

Stores along the elegant Champs-Elysees Avenue and the posh Avenue Montaigne boarded up their windows as if bracing for a hurricane but the storm struck anyway Saturday, this time at the height of the holiday shopping season.

On Friday, France had made a decision to close the landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the prominent tourist place, on Saturday due to protests. Subway stations in the centre of town were shut down.

The "yellow vest" movement in France started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has since morphed into a mass protest against President Emmanuel Macron's policies and top-down style of governing.

Last year, the world at large condemned Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, an global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump and Macron once enjoyed a relatively warm rapport, particularly when Macron hosted Trump in Paris for a grand state visit in 2017, a favour which Trump returned in early 2018. Some in Belgium appeared intent only on confronting police.

Protestors wearing "yellow vests" (Gilets jaunes) stand on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes.

For many protesters, Mr Macron himself, widely seen as arrogant and disconnected from rank-and-file French, has become the problem.

Almost 2,000 people were arrested Saturday across France in the latest round of "yellow-vest" protests. People want change and "concrete, immediate, right now" measures.

But the demonstrations are spreading as concerned French citizens share their issues with Macron's government on social media.

"We are here to tell (Macron) our discontent".

The French Foreign Minisetr on Sunday weighed in to denounce intervention from US President Donald Trump.

"I hear people saying, "This is an insurrection".

The 40-year-old president, ...

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner urged calm.

Even if Macron withdraws his signature slashing of the wealth tax, "half of the yellow vests will go home, the other half will want him to resign and will stay in the streets", Valette predicted.

Coordinated "yellow vest" protests were taking place across the country on Saturday, including on numerous motorways, causing havoc on the national road network.

The protests have shown little sign of easing since they began on November 17. French police frisked protesters at train stations around the country, confiscating everything from heavy metal petanque balls to tennis rackets - anything that could remotely be used as a weapon. In France, authorities have also launched an investigation into social media activity from accounts allegedly drumming up support for the protests, sources told AFP.

About 125,000 demonstrators marched in France as part of the yellow vests movement.

Donald Trump should not meddle in French affairs, its foreign minister said on Sunday, after the U.S. president criticised France in tweets following riots in Paris.

Over 1,700 arrested in latest yellow vest protests in France