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Paris riots: Police deploy tear gas and water cannons as 'Yellow Vests' protest in city; Crowds shouted "Macron resign" in the 10th consecutive weekend of protesting against fuel cuts in Paris.

Byline: Grace Witherden

Rioting broke out on the streets of Paris today as thousands of "Yellow Vest" protesters called on French President Emmanuel Macron to resign.

Tear gas, water cannon, flesh ball guns and baton charges were used by the Paris police at Les Invalides - marking the 10th consecutive week of protests against Macron's government.

One police officer at the scene claimed they were being attacked and that demonstrators were becoming violent.

He said: "There are hundreds of CRS riot police and gendarmes engaged, and they are being attacked.

"Thousands of demonstrators are in the area, and some are becoming very violent indeed. Everything is being done to protect Les Invalides."

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Protesters assembled by the Invalides esplanade near the Assemblee Nationale parliament and marched through the city's Left Bank.

A police source said there were around 5,000 protesters in Paris, some of whom gathered near the Champs Elysees, while there were similar demonstrations in major cities across France.

Crowds shouted 'Macron resign' and by 5pm there had been 30 arrests in Paris areas, many of them suspected of carrying potential weapons.

Some protesters had also made coffin-type objects to denote the deaths of 10 people so far during the protests.

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There were similar demonstrations other French cities and towns today, as more than 50000 police and gendarmes were mobilised nationwide.

The "Yellow Vest" protest - named after the fluorescent jackets French motorists must have in their cars - began on November 17 over higher fuel taxes.

Those fuel taxes have since been scrapped, yet the movement has morphed into a broader ant-Macron protest and December's demonstrations saw some of the worst violence in Paris, as rioters burned cars and damaged shops and businesses.

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The Arc de Triomphe was severely vandalised and had graffiti sprayed all over it on December 1st causing a national outcry.

Protesters have been joined by extremists from the far Right and the ultra-Left, as well as anarchists intent on causing as much damage as possible.

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The independent Mr Macron, leader of the Republic On The Move party, won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, but he is now dubbed the 'President of the Rich' with polls showing his popularity rating down to just 18 per cent.

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At least 5,000 protesters marched through the streets of Paris

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The police clash with protesters on the streets

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A protester holds a French flag in front of the Hotel des Invalides during the demonstration

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At least 5,000 protesters marched through the streets

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Riot police, journalists and protesters stand by tear gas in front of the Hotel des Invalides

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Protesters wearing yellow vests form a cordon to surround anti-fascist protesters
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