Paris on lockdown as police clash with ‘Yellow Jackets’

PARIS, DEC 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/8/2018 11:11:17 AM IST

The sound of sirens, angry chants and the crack of stun grenades echoed throughout the French capital Saturday as Parisians braced themselves for what many feared would be the most violent protests in weeks of forceful anti-government demonstrations that have swept the country.

Protests that began last month against planned tax hikes on gas have since morphed into a wider rebuke of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency and an expression of anger at his attempts to reform France’s long-ailing economy. Almost eight in ten people in France support the protests, according to a poll published last week.

Paris’ glittering museums and galleries-- including the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower-- said they would not open their doors to the usual troop of holiday season tourists.

The effects of the protest were felt beyond the country’s borders as well, with protesters donning yellow jackets as a symbol of resistance in Belgium Saturday and Iraq earlier this week.


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