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Clashes between police and protesters in Paris continue

Clashes between police and protesters in Paris continue

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PARIS (AP) — Clashes between French police and protesters in Paris have continued into the night on Saturday after a day of demonstrations against rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron's presidency.

Police in the capital used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters who burned barricades they had set up on the Champs-Elysees and pelted them with objects.

The French government has confirmed that more than 105,000 people joined demonstrations across the country.

At least 20 people were hurt in the protests, including one with more serious injuries. Dozens of people have been arrested.

The protesters call themselves the "yellow jackets" for the neon security vests that drivers are required to keep in their vehicles.

Macron has defended the fuel taxes as necessary to reduce France's dependence on fossil fuels, but promised to lay out new plans on Tuesday to make the "energy transition" easier.

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