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Gilets Jaunes stage ninth round of protests in France



  A protester in a wheelchair is being pushed by another, holding a French national flag with a yellow flag, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background during a yellow jacket

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Although there were clashes around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, there was not the same type of violence observed in the recent protests

Thousands of demonstrators went down throughout France for new "yellow" protests, with dozens of arrests and clashes in Paris and other cities.

The capital police used water and tear gas cannons when raids at the Arc de Triomphe broke out in the ninth consecutive weekend of protests.

About 84,000 protesters were registered nationally, an increase compared to last week, show official figures.

The nationwide protests were initially triggered by the increase in fuel prices. [1

9659007] Since then they have expanded to include anger over the cost of living, with a broad list of other demands.

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Thousands of agents have been deployed throughout Paris, which has already seen clashes and vandalism to confront the protesters and parts of the city center have been blocked by riot police.

About 8,000 demonstrators were on the streets – more than in the last two weekends, when the authorities counted only 3,500 people on January 5 and 800 on December 29, according to data from the Interior Ministry.

About 156 demonstrators were arrested, and at 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT), 108 remained in custody, police said.

At nightfall, there had been no looting or burning of cars seen in the previous weeks.

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Sparks also broke out in cities across the country, including Bordeaux

There were also thousands of protesters in the cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse in the south of France, as well as Strasbourg in the east and in the central city of Bourges, home to another major event, where more than 6,000 people they went down into the square.

Nationwide, 244 people were arrested, of whom 201 remained in custody, police said.

About 80,000 police officers have been deployed nationwide to confront the protesters.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that a national debate is due to kick off on January 15 in response to the weeks of protests of the "gilets jaunes" – the so-called high-visibility jackets they wear.

It will be publicly held in municipalities throughout France and on the Internet, and will focus on four themes: taxes, green energy, institutional reform and citizenship.


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