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France protests: Violence escalates in Paris between demonstrators and police

CA, 18 Mar 2023
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Riot police clashed with protesters on Friday evening in Paris as a new demonstration took place against the government's plans to raise the French state pension age.

The growing unrest, which has resulted in a wave of strikes since the start of the year and rubbish piling up on the streets of Paris, has left President Emmanuel Macron with the gravest challenge to his authority since the so-called 'Gilets Jaunes' or 'Yellow Vest' protests of December 2018.

Police fired tear gas and charged at protesters to disperse crowds that were scuffling with officers in Paris' Place de la Concorde, near the Assemblee Nationale parliament building.

Friday night's trouble followed similar disorder on Thursday, after Macron decided to push through the contested pension overhaul without a parliamentary vote.

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