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France: 5,000 police officers monitor yellow vest protest

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National police chief Eric Morvan told France Inter radio that he expected turnout nationwide to be similar to protests in mid-December, when more than 60,000 people took to the streets across the country.
The protests, named after the high-visibility jackets French drivers carry in their cars, have repeatedly witnessed clashes between demonstrators and police since they began in November in response to a fuel tax hike that President Emmanuel Macron has not said he is willing to reconsider
At around 11 a.m., a few thousand demonstrators set off from near the Finance Ministry intending to make their way to the Champs-Elysees. A few scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Arc de Triomphe.
Overnight, police had arrested 24 people in connection with the protests for carrying weapons.

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