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French troops to reinforce security measures for weekend protests

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A major political controversy has erupted over a government decision to use French troops, normally deployed on streets in anti-terrorism patrols, to defend official buildings and free-up police numbers during anti-government 'yellow vest' protests this weekend, amid tensions  heightened by a ban on demonstrations in certain towns and cities.

Thousands join Algeria protests in Paris and other French cities

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They are the latest protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term in office. 

France's 'yellow vest' marches mark 15th weekend of protests

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France's so-called 'yellow vest' demonstrations against falling living standards among low- and middle-income earners, which since its beginnings in November has become a protest movement against the governement and the political elite, again drew tens of thousands of protestors nationwide on Saturday, which the interior mionisrty estimated to number 46,600, an increase on last weekend.

France's 'yellow vests' protests continue, three months on

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The French 'yellow vest' movement of revolt over falling living conditions for lower income households and against the political establishment held a 14th day successive day of action on Saturday, when contested interior ministry estimates said turnout across the country was around 41,500, down on last weekend.

French 'yellow vest' boxer jailed for beating riot police

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Former professional boxer Christophe Dettinger, 37, who was filmed on January 5th throwing punches and kicking riot police officers during a 'yellow vest' protest in Paris against falling standards of living, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail, with 18 months suspended, in a court ruling that angered police unions.

French protests: the urgent need to ban use of maiming 'crowd control' weapons

France — Opinion

France’s ‘yellow vest’ protestors were back on the streets this weekend, as their movement calling for better living standards for low- and middle-income earners held its tenth nationwide day of action. While some demonstrations have been marred by violence from extremist groups, there is mounting criticism of aggressive police tactics. These notably include the widespread and often indiscriminate use of rubber bullets and stun grenades that have caused, according to several estimations, around 100 serious and life-changing injuries to protestors and bystanders. Mediapart co-editor Carine Fouteau argues here why these highly dangerous weapons, which France is one of very few countries to deploy in such situations, should be immediately banned from crowd-control policing.

'Yellow vests' in tenth day of action across France

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The French interior ministry estimated around 84,000 people took part in nationwide 'yellow vest' marches on Saturday in protest at falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners, the same amount as last weekend and a show of force in the face of government measures aimed at appeasing the movement.

France braces for ninth weekend of gilets jaunes protests

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President Macron prepares for three-month public debate as 80,000 police mobilise across country for more weekend demonstrations.

Clashes erupt in Paris as 'yellow vests' protest at unrepentant Macron

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Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux escaped from office through back door after protesters broke into compound and smashed vehicles.

French 'Yellow Vest' day of action on Saturday sees fall in turnout

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The sixth Saturday of nationwide protests organised by the grass-roots 'Yellow Vest' movement against falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners saw turnout significantly down on last weekend, according to the French interior ministry, which estimated the total number of demonstrators at 38,000.  

Yellow Vest protestors back on streets but numbers fall

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Saturday marked a fifth weekend of nationwide protest action by the so-called 'Yellow Vest' movement against falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners, but the numbers of those who turned out were significantly down on last Saturday, both in Paris and across the country.

Paris faces more Yellow Vest protests Saturday

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The so-called 'Yellow Vest' movement of protests at falling living stanadards among low- and middle-income earners is expected to continue with a fifth day of action across France on Saturday, notably with marches in Paris where previous protests have been marred by violence and vandalism by extremists and hooligans.

French government urges no Yellow Vest protests on Saturday

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French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux on Thursday called on the so-called Yellow Vest movement demanding better living standards for low- and midlle income earners not to hold another weekend of protests because of the strain placed on police and security forces after this week's terrorist attack in Strasbourg.

French finance minister says protests 'economic catastrophe'

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The continuing street demonstrations and blockades in France mounted by the so-called 'Yellow Vest' movement demanding an end to falling living standards for lower-income earners has become a 'catastrophe for our economy' said French finance minister Bruno Le Maire as he visited parts of Paris where commercial premises and vehicles were vanadlised during weekend protests.

More violent clashes in nationwide 'yellow vest' protests in France

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French President Emmanuel Macron is to address the nation next week after a fourth day of nationwide protests by the so-called “yellow vests” movement against the falling living standards of low- and middle-income earners was held on Saturday in Paris and major towns and cities, when the interior ministry said a total of almost 1,400 people were arrested and 118 others injured amid scenes of vandalism and looting by troublemakers who joined the marches.