'Yellow vests' protest despite Macron's grand debate

Tens of thousands took to the streets for 10th weekend of protests against French government amid anger over taxes..

France's "Yellow Vests" have taken to the streets for a 10th straight weekend of anti-government protests, despite attempts by President Emmanuel Macron to channel their anger into a series of town hall debates. 
   
The president went on the counter-offensive this week with the launch of his "grand national debate", spending hours in rural France debating with disgruntled mayors. 
   
But tens of thousands of "yellow vests" refused Saturday to demobilise.

In Paris, several thousand people, many waving placards calling for Macron to resign or condemning police violence, marched in freezing temperatures. 
   
The rally in Paris, as well as those in several other cities, ended in sporadic clashes, with police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse hooded protesters who threw paving stones and bottles. 

An estimated 84,000 demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday, including about 7,000 in the French capital.


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