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About 12 000 people took part in protests in France

Those who rallied in the streets expressed dissatisfaction with the increase of taxes and demanded the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron
19:13, 30 December 2018

AFP

Gilets Jaunes protests continue in the cities of France. 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.

In Rouen, protesters set fire to the Bank of France building, in Lille they attacked a CNews reporter, in Marseille, a BFM employee, in Bordeaux - a TV7 representative.

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A spokesman for the group of protesters told BFMTV that the official data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the number of protesters are not true, reports TASS.

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

As of December 10, more than 4,000 protesters were arrested by law enforcement officers. On December 15, police detained about 120 more protesters.

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

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