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France fuel protests: Tear gas fired in clashes in Paris

Protesters have scaled the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris, as clashes with riot police continued during a third weekend of "yellow vest" rallies.

Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and a water cannon on the Champs-Elysées, while masked protesters hurled projectiles and set buildings on fire.

What began as protests over President Macron's fuel tax has grown into general anger at higher living costs.

Mr Macron says his fuel policies are needed to combat global warming.

At least 110 people were injured, including 17 members of the security forces.

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One person was in a critical condition after protesters pulled down an iron gate at the Tuileries garden near the Louvre museum, which fell on several people.

An assault rifle was also stolen from a police vehicle although it was unclear if it was loaded, AFP news agency quotes a police source as saying.


My view: Why are the protesters damaging public/private property?, there's no need for that, it's unnecessary. Mr Macron says his fuel policies are needed to combat global warming, it seems the president is out of touch with ordinary people. If you increase fuel tax, it'll affect other things, which would result in high living costs. An increase in the amount of tax paid towards fuel, will also result in the rise of transport and food costs. He wants to do everything very fast. He came into power and he immediately announced to shake things up, starting with France’s economy. Macron promised to produce growth, create jobs and reduce fiscal deficits, he wants to do everything very fast, forgetting that, it is the common people that'll suffer from the effects of his hard-line economic policy.. Macron need policies that directly target people who are struggling and not add to their woes.

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