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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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Yellow vests knock out 60% of all speed cameras in France

Image copyright EPA Image caption This speed camera in Nice, photographed in December, is one example of the damage Members of the “yellow vests” protest movement have vandalised almost 60% of France’s entire speed camera network, the interior minister has said. Christophe Castaner said the wilful damage was a threat to road safety and put lives in danger. The protest movement began over fuel tax increases, and saw motorists block roads and motorway toll booths. Some protesters feel speed cameras are solely a revenue-generating measure which takes money from the…

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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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Yellow vests: France to crack down on unsanctioned protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-government protests have raged in France for seven weeks French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced plans to punish people who hold unsanctioned protests after seven weeks of anti-government unrest. His government wants to draft new legislation that will ban troublemakers from protests and clamp down on the wearing of masks at demonstrations. A seventh weekend of protests saw protesters smash down the gates to a government office in Paris. Demonstrators fought riot police, and cars and motorbikes were burnt. Who are the ‘gilets jaunes’?…

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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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Yellow Vests: Is the symbol spreading across Europe?

Demonstrations in France by a ‘Yellow Vest’ group over recent weeks have dominated headlines, but similar protests, with the same symbol, have been seen in countries like Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands and in the UK. LSE Professor of Politics and Communication Bart Cammaerts discusses this new trend, its motivations and possible future. Source link

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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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