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Who are the real UK yellow vest protesters?

Hundreds of people put on high-visibility jackets in imitation of French protesters as they marched in central London against government cuts. Organisers from The People’s Assembly Against Austerity described Saturday’s march as the arrival in the UK of the “yellow vests” movement that rocked France in November 2018. They even brought two campaigners from across the Channel to seal the relationship. But they are not the only group to claim the spirit of the yellow vests, with pro-Brexit demonstrators outside Parliament also putting on high-vis jackets. So why are demonstrators…

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Dior switches Paris catwalk date to avoid ‘yellow vest’ protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Christian Dior is bringing forward its men’s fashion show in Paris to avoid “yellow vest” protesters who have fought police, torched cars and smashed up shops over recent weekends, a source familiar with the decision said. FILE PHOTO: The Dior logo is seen on the facade of a shop in Paris, France, August 5, 2018. Picture taken August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau Dior, part of the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, wrote to guests to reschedule a menswear catwalk show initially planned for Jan. 19 – a Saturday,…

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Gilet Jaunes: Clashes in Paris at ‘yellow vest’ protests

“Yellow Vest” protesters and police clashed in the French capital Paris on Saturday night. The protesters hurled objects at police and chased after them when they tried to get away. More than 100 people at the marches were arrested on Saturday, police said. It came after demonstrations throughout France for a sixth consecutive Saturday. Only 66,000 protesters were thought to have come out this week however, compared with 282,000 at the start of the protests on 17 November. Source link

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‘Yellow vest’ protests: Scattered demonstrations seen in France

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 800 people were seen demonstrating in Paris at lunchtime Small demonstrations by “yellow-vest” protesters have been seen throughout France for a sixth consecutive Saturday, but not on the scale of the ones seen in recent weeks. About 800 people were demonstrating in Paris at around noon (11:00 GMT), compared to about 4,000 demonstrators at the same time last Saturday. Some 65 people have been arrested in the capital so far, reports say. A man died in southern France, bringing the total death toll to…

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France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests. France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues. Speaking in a televised address to the nation, Mr Macron said that the anger of protesters was “deep, and in many ways legitimate”. The minimum wage will increase by 100 euros per month from 2019, he said. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh…

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Yellow vest protests: Macron to hold crisis meeting

Image copyright EPA Image caption Saturday’s protesters left graffiti in parts of Paris – this reads: “Burn the Elysée”, referring to the presidential palace French President Emmanuel Macron is set to meet trade unions and employers’ organisations, in a bid to defuse weeks of unrest in Paris and other cities. Monday’s meeting comes ahead of a TV address in which he is expected to announce measures in response. France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues. About 136,000 “yellow-vest” protesters took…

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Yellow vest protests ‘economic catastrophe’ for France

Image copyright Reuters Image caption About 10,000 took to the streets of Paris The “yellow vest” protests have been “a catastrophe” for the French economy, the finance minister says. France has seen four consecutive weekends of demonstrations against fuel tax rises, high living costs, and other issues. About 125,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday, with more than 1,700 people arrested. Several tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, are closed this weekend. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called the situation “a crisis” for both society and…

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Yellow vest protests: France’s Édouard Philippe seeks ‘unity’ after unrest

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many more people were detained on 8 December than during the previous weekends French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has vowed to “restore national unity” after violence broke out during a fourth consecutive weekend of protests. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday – the latest day of “yellow vest” demonstrations against fuel tax rises and high living costs. Almost 1,000 people were taken into custody but the violence was not on the same level as a week earlier. Discussions with peaceful protesters “must…

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Yellow vest movement: France braced for ‘ultra-violent’ protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some scenes in Paris are more reminiscent of an approaching hurricane France is braced for renewed anti-government protests, with nearly 90,000 security personnel on the streets. Some 8,000 officers and 12 armoured vehicles will be deployed in Paris alone, where shops have been boarded up and sites like the Eiffel Tower closed. The “yellow vest” movement began three weeks ago in opposition to a rise in fuel tax but ministers say it has been hijacked by “ultra-violent” protesters. Last week saw hundreds arrested and scores…

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France fuel protest: One dead as ‘yellow vest’ blockades begin

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Yellow Vest protesters have blocked a route between Paris and Brussels A protester has died and there are reports of injuries elsewhere as demonstrators angry at rising fuel prices disrupt traffic across France. The female protester was struck after a driver panicked and drove towards demonstrators, reports said. Some 50,000 demonstrators, dubbed the “yellow vests” after their high-visibility jackets, have gathered in 1,000 locations, officials say. They accuse President Emmanuel Macron of abandoning “the little people”. Mr Macron admitted this week that he had not…

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