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Paris fuel protests: Police fire water cannon and tear gas at fuel protesters under the streets

Videos and images published on Twitter showed violent conflicts that protested as attempting to break through a police band.For more…

Videos and images published on Twitter showed violent conflicts that protested as attempting to break through a police band.

For more than a week, protesters have blocked highways across the country with burning barricades and convoys with slow trucks, preventing access to fuel repositories, shopping malls and some factories.

Two people have been killed and hundreds of others injured.

The protest at the grassroots level has been deepened in a wider spread of inequality and an opposition front to centrist president Emmanuel Macron.

A questionnaire for the French newspaper Le Figaro revealed 77% of French people thought protesters were entitled to their actions, suggesting that many citizens were identified with the feeling of political and macro-government alienation.

A 23 percent increase in diesel prices in the last year was the final straw for many fighting families.

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Protests collide with the riot police when they use tear gas during the demonstration of yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) at the Champs Elysées in Paris

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A protest wrapped in a French flag faces the riot police during the demonstration at the Champs Elysees in Paris.

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A protest wearing vests has a French flag standing on a red light on the Champs Elysee, in Paris.

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A demonstrator holds a blast on the Champs Elysées in Paris.

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Demonstrators hold barriers at the Champs Elysées in Paris.

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7/10 Paris Protest [19659019] Protestants demonstrate surrounded by tear gas at the Champs Elysées in Paris on November 24, 2018.

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A protest wearing a yellow west jaune) reads “The richer always richer” during a demonstration at the Champs Elysees in Paris on November 24, 2018.

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Demonstrators pull out obstacles like at the Champs Elysees in Paris.

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Revolt police face Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) protesters demonstrating near the Arc de Triomphe of the Champs Elysées in Paris.

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Protests collide with the riot police to deploy tear gas at a demonstration of yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) at the Champs Elysées in Paris

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A protest wrapped in a French flag faces a riot police during a demonstration at the Champs Elysées in Paris.

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A protest wearing a vest has a French flag on the red light at the Champs Elysee in Paris.

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A demonstrator is celebrating the Champs Elysees in Paris.

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5/10 [19659019] A protest gestures on the Champs Elysee as protests against rising fuel prices bring Paris quietly.

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Demonstrators hold barriers at the Champs Elysees in Paris.

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7/10 Paris Protest [19659019] Protestants demonstrate surrounded by tear gas at the Champs Elysées in Paris on November 24, 2018.

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A protest wearing a yellow west jaune) reads “The richer always richer” during a demonstration at the Champs Elysées in Paris on November 24, 2018.

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Demonstrators pull out obstacles like at the Champs Elysees in Paris.

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Revolt police face Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) protesters demonstrating near the Arc de Triomphe of the Champs Elysées in Paris.

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A man was arrested after a dramatic stance with the police on Friday when he emailed “the Yellow Westes received at the Elysée” palace, the president’s official residence in Paris while branding a clear grenade in a supermarket in the western city of Angers.

Macron, who has tried to present himself as “humble”, accused of indifference to ordinary people’s struggle. “Macron, We Are not Your Sheeps”, a banner held by the roads in Montceau-les-Mines, read Friday.

“I hope there will be a real floor,” one of the leaders of the movement, right-on political figure Frank Buhler.

Despite the rising tensions, the French leader defended the rising cost of diesel needed to reduce France’s dependence on fossil fuels.

“We will be uncompromising because we can not accept the things we’ve seen,” he said.

In a TV interview last week, he acknowledged that he “had not managed to unite the French with his leaders” and promised to give provinces a more statement in politics.

“There are legitimate grounds that must be heard,” he said to his cabinet on Wednesday.

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