07 April 2019 - 13:45
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France:
Police fired tear gas at "yellow vest" demonstrators on Saturday, April 6, in the western French city of Nantes in another weekend of anti government protests.

RNA - The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets worn by demonstrators, started last November as an expression of public anger against fuel tax increases.

The movement soon morphed into a broader backlash against President Emmanuel Macron's government, despite a swift reversal of the tax increases and other hurried measures worth more than 10 billion euros ($11.2 billion) to boost purchasing power for less affluent voters.

Despite the scuffles in Nantes, other demonstrations in major French cities remained calm on Saturday compared to recent weeks in part because of a high level of mobilization of police.

At o2 p.m. local time (1200 GMT), there were 6,300 demonstrating around France, with 3,100 marching in Paris, according to the French interior ministry.

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