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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2018 a French riot police officer aims at protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) with a non-lethal hand-held weapon (LBD40) during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. – The number of serious injuries caused by non-lethal hand-held weapons (LBD 40) harbours anger and mistrust towards the French government and the police, who have had to call its forces to be more cautious. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

French police under fire as ‘yellow vests’ casualty toll mounts

Twenty years ago Jean-Marc Michaud was a paratrooper who proudly marched with the army down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on France’s national holiday.
Yellow vest “Gilets Jaunes” anti-government protestors walk during a rally in Paris on January 5, 2019. – Over the past six weeks, “yellow vest” demonstrators — so-called after the high-visibility jackets they wear — have repeatedly clashed with police in Paris and other big cities, plunging Macron’s presidency into crisis. The “yellow vest” movement began in rural France over fuel taxes and quickly ballooned into a wider revolt against the 41-year-old president’s pro-business policies and perceived arrogance by low-paid workers and pensioners. (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP)

France’s ‘yellow vest’ protestors back on the streets

France’s “yellow vest” protestors were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government.
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Leader of France’s ‘yellow vests’ arrested

One of the leaders of the “yellow vest” anti-government demonstrations was detained by police in Paris late Wednesday for organising an unauthorised protest, signalling a harder line by the authorities against the movement.
This video grab from footage taken and released on November 14, 2018 by French television channel TF1 shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a televised interview with the channel aboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, off the coast of Toulon, southern France. (Photo by Handout / TF1 / AFP) /

Emmanuel Macron faces new embarrassment from ex-bodyguard

Emmanuel Macron’s disgraced ex-bodyguard said he continued to exchange messages regularly with the French president even after he was forced out of his job in July over a scandal.
French President Emmanuel Macron - AFP PHOTO - POOL - YOAN VALAT

‘Yellow vest’ protesters target Emmanuel Macron’s vacation hideaway

If Emmanuel Macron is hoping for some holiday respite from the anti-government protests which have rocked France, he might want to avoid the presidential retreat along the Mediterranean coast.
This video grab from footage taken and released on November 14, 2018 by French television channel TF1 shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a televised interview with the channel aboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, off the coast of Toulon, southern France. (Photo by Handout / TF1 / AFP) /

Emmanuel Macron calls for order after ‘yellow vest’ attack on police

French President Emmanuel Macron called for “order” on Sunday after a sixth weekend of “yellow vest” anti-government protests marked by dwindling participation and a violent attack on police in Paris.
Demonstrators wearing Yellow Vests (Gilets jaunes) block the entrance of Reims, northern France during a protest against the rising of the fuel and oil prices. AFP

France’s ‘yellow vests’ block borders ahead of Christmas

Three days from Christmas, French “yellow vests” turned out in small numbers for a sixth Saturday of protests in cities and border points as a fatal road accident brought the death toll to 10 since the movement began last month.
Protestors wearing “yellow vest” (gilet jaune) gesture on December 8, 2018 near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. – Paris was on high alert on December 8 with major security measures in place ahead of fresh “yellow vest” protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row. (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP)

France ‘yellow vest’ protesters gather on decisive weekend

"Yellow vest" demonstrators have gathered in central Paris for a fifth weekend of protests in defiance of calls by the French government to stay at home.
Yellow-vested protesters block the French border with Italy near Ventimiglia, causing traffick to back up for some 6 kilometers (nearly 4 miles), Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. French riot police fired tear gas and water cannon in Paris on Saturday, trying to stop thousands of yellow-vested protesters from converging on the presidential palace to express their anger at high taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron. (Tenerelli/ANSA via AP) (Associated Press)

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

More than 1,700 people arrested across France during the latest “yellow vest” protests as demonstrators clashing with riot police cause more damage in Paris than a week ago, officials say
Tear gas floats in the air near the Arc de Triomphe as protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel taxes, demonstrate in Paris, France, December 1, 2018. REUTERS-Stephane Mahe

300 detained as Paris braces for ‘yellow vest’ protests

Paris police detained nearly 300 people Saturday ahead of fresh anti-government “yellow vest” protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a third weekend in a row.

France ‘to suspend fuel tax hikes’ after violent protests

The French government is preparing to suspend fuel tax increases in the wake of violent protests against the measures, according to Reuters news agency and local media.
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Luka Modric tipped to win Ballon d’Or to end Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi era

The winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, with Croatia’s Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners all hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
French President Emmanuel Macron said violent protesters would be 'brought to justice' [Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt-AFP]

Emmanuel Macron visits Arc de Triomphe after worst Paris riots in a decade

French President Emmanuel Macron has visited the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a day after the famous landmark was defaced during riots, as the government considers imposing a state of emergency.
France's President Emmanuel Macron, gestures as he delivers his final press conference on the second day of the G20 Leader's Summit, in Buenos Aires, on December 01, 2018. G20 leaders on Saturday found the minimum common ground on the global economy at a summit in Buenos Aires with a closing communique that left divisions on clear display. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Emmanuel Macron to hold crisis meeting after anti-government riots

French President Emmanuel Macron is to hold a crisis meeting on Sunday after anti-government protests in Paris that left 133 people injured and a trail of destruction around the capital.
Tear gas floats in the air near the Arc de Triomphe as protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel taxes, demonstrate in Paris, France, December 1, 2018. REUTERS-Stephane Mahe

Police, protesters clash in Paris over fuel price hike

Police and protesters have clashed in Paris ahead of a third weekend of mass “yellow vest” demonstrations sparked by rising fuel prices.
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and US President Donald Trump look on as they attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by Francois Mori / POOL / AFP)

Police stop protesters approaching Donald Trump motorcade in Paris

French police stopped two topless protesters who approached the motorcade of US President Donald Trump as he made his way up the Champs-Elysees to a ceremony in Paris marking 100 years since the end of World War I.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron visit the World War I French-British memorial of Thiepval, France Friday. Ludovic Marin, Pool via Reuters

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

World leaders gathered in Paris will lead global commemorations on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions.
French President Emmanuel Macron at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris last year. France marks 100 years since end of World War 1

History, modern-day tensions to mix at Paris WWI commemorations

World leaders will put on a show of unity this weekend as they commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I, but modern-day tensions will be bubbling under the surface at the remembrances in Paris.

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