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Almost thousand protesters detained in France

Earlier it was reported that about 30 people were injured in Paris December 8
18:13, 8 December 2018

Protesters and police clash on the Champs-Élysées on 24 November. Photograph: Julien de Rosa
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Almost a thousand people were detained during the protests of Gilets jaunes in France. It is reported by Le Figaro, citing data from a source in the police.

At the same time, it is reported that 720 people are under arrest.

According to the police office, in Paris, where the most numerous actions take place, there were 651 detentions, including 536 arrested.

Earlier it was reported that about 30 people were injured in Paris today.

The demands of the protesters previously dissatisfied with raising excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel have already become political, for example, the resignation of the president.

Today about 31 thousand people rally in Paris.

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A government official said 89,000 police and gendarmes would be mobilised across the country, 8,000 of them in the French capital, alongside a dozen VBRG armoured vehicles.

“We are facing people who are not there to demonstrate, but are there to smash things up and we want to make sure we’re not leaving them to do what they want,” Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in an attempt to justify the use of the VBRG, which are capable of firing tear-gas grenades and clearing barricades and rarely used in city areas.

Paris went into lockdown on Friday, as the city prepared for the fourth weekend of protests. There was a sense of impending attack in the city center as banks, shops, restaurants and businesses rushed to board up their premises to protect windows from looters.

As it was reported, the gilet jaunes movement started as a protest against a proposed rise in diesel and petrol tax, and takes its name from the yellow high-vis jackets that all motorists must by law carry in their cars. Protesters gathered on the Champs Elysées demanding from the French President to cancel plans to raise taxes on fuel, which from January 1 will lead to higher prices.

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