Anti-Macron protests: Yellow Vest riots erupt in France for the 24th 'Day of Rage'

Fighting broke out between riot police and Yellow Vest protesters around the European Parliament in Strasbourg today as thousands of rounds of tear gas were unleashed.

The anti-government movement had pledged to lay siege to the assembly in eastern France on their 24th 'Day of Rage' Saturday in a row.

This was despite a series of €5million measures laid out by French President Emmanuel Macron to pacify the Yellow Vests, who are named after their distinctive high-visibility motoring jackets.
 Despite other concessions costing some €10billion, the Yellow Vests continued to campaign, and soon turned into a nationwide anti-government movement.

They have been responsible for some of the worst violence seen in cities such as Paris for 50 years.

Thousands of police and soldiers are drafted into the French capital every Saturday, when there is regular fighting and acts of vandalism, including fires being lit.

The situation is now so extreme that vast areas of Paris - including the district around the Elysee Palace - are shut off every weekend.

Two demonstrations were held in Paris today, and there were similar gatherings in cities such as Dijon and Toulouse.

The trouble has extended to other major cities, including Bordeaux and Toulouse, where hundreds have been arrested, or injured by police weapons ranging from 'flash ball' rubber bullets to batons.

Roundabouts, fuel depots and motorway service stations have also been targeted by the Yellow Vests in the countryside, prompting Mr Macron to pledge more money for rural areas.

Despite such moves, Mr Macron is still regularly described as a 'President of the Rich' who is primarily interested in supporting big business.

He has already scrapped wealth taxes, and made it far easier for companies to hire-and-fire employees.

Mr Macron had originally planned to deliver a reform speech to the nation a week ago, but it was postponed because of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Some €1billion has now been pledged to rebuild the medieval place of worship - promoting the Yellow Vests to ask why other funds cannot be found to deal with their own grievances.






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