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'Gilets jaunes' protests resumed in France

Rallies were held in several French cities
20:36, 5 January 2019

AFP

On January 5, protests of so-called ‘yellow vests’ (gilets jaunes) continued in a number of French cities. This was reported by AFP.

In particular, the rallies took place in Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Lyon. About 600 people took part in the protests in the French capital.

In general, the rallies are held peacefully, law enforcement officers report.

We remind that the protests of the so-called ‘yellow vests’, which participants initially opposed the increase in gasoline prices, began on November 17. Rallies escalated into clashes with the police and arson of cars, shops, banks.

French President Emmanuel Macron declared a state of emergency in the country. He also promised to abolish the tax increase for the poor and low-income pensioners.

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Earlier we informed that about 12 thousand people went out to the streets throughout the country; in particular in Paris about 800 people took part in the protests. It is reported by Le Parisien, citing police data.

It is noted that the movement of "yellow vests" is declining, and fewer people take part in the protests.

In Paris, law enforcement officers detained 57 people, 33 of them are arrested.

Some media report police use of tear gas against protesters.

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