Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

Riot police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

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On the 13th consecutive weekend of demonstrations in the city, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters near the Champs-Elysees this afternoon.

It is the 13th weekend in a row of demonstrations in Paris, and elsewhere across France

Police said about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far, and some of the protesters had been hurling debris at officers hunkered down in front of the National Assembly.

One protester sustained a hand injury in the scuffles and was treated by emergency workers, police said.

The yellow vest activists, who have brought hundreds of thousands on to the streets over the past three months, are now trying to achieve electoral success but the movement is politically divided and has no appointed leader.

The yellow vest protesters walk down the famed Champs-Elysees avenue

French President Emmanuel Macron – the target of many demonstrators’ anger – seems to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the movement with a national political debate.

Recent polls show his approval ratings rising.

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