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By Nancy Ing and Linda Givetash
1; Thousands of French police deployed Saturday in Paris the famous Champs Elysees Avenue to include another demonstration campaign against gas tax hikes.
Police launched tear gas and water cannon, as some of the so-called Yellow Jackets protested against President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms tried to force themselves over official lines.
Hundreds of protesters grind on top of Champs-Elysees. Access to the main main street was closed for cars and monitored by the police with identity checks and baggage inspections.
Policy-restricted entries to the Arc of Triumph and other landmarks.
Several violent demonstrations have broken out in recent weeks, which led to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner awarding 4000 officers to secure the capital this weekend.
The city police arrested 69 people this weekend and two dozen were injured when 8,000 protesters challenged the government’s orders by marching the Champs Elysee.
Macron responded to last week’s violent March by condemning “those who attacked the order forces.”
The new fuel tax, which will enter into force on January 1, will raise gas prices around 12 cents per gallon. On diesel, the migration will be about 28 cents per gallon.
Last week, petrol costs about 6.26 dollars per gallon in Paris, while diesel was about 6.28 dollars per gallon.
Macron has so far refused to rethink the migration despite calls from protesters as analysts say feel forgotten by rising living costs.
Nancy Ing reported from Paris; Linda Givetash from London.
Associated Press contributed.