Yellow vest protests enter 10th week

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French yellow vest protests continue despite Macron outreach

Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse advancing "yellow vest" protesters at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Turnout was being closely watched for signs of possible fatigue in the movement as it enters its third month and Macron's "great national debate" gains momentum. The number of demonstrators on Saturday was roughly the same as last week's figure.

To fend off accusations that his policies favor rich urbanites the most, former investment banker Macron has already scrapped a controversial fuel tax hike that would have squeezed car-dependent rural-dwellers.

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The French leader said the debate would help the government develop policies and France's position on the European and worldwide scene.

Reports say tens of thousands of "yellow vests" protesters who thronged streets for a 10th straight weekend of anti-government rallies refused Saturday to demobilise.

Despite a relative decline in crowd trouble in Paris, however, disturbances have flared up in other cities. Twelve people were arrested by the early afternoon, according to figures provided by Paris police.

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Protesters demonstrate on the Faugbourg Saint-Honore street in Paris on 17 November 2018, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. Eight people were allegedly injured but it's not clear how many of those were protesters and how many were police officers. Reuters correspondents also reported disturbances in Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille, while the local government building was attacked in Angers, northwest of Paris.

Macron has launched a series of national debates to help quell the mood of public discontent and restore his standing.

On Saturday, Le Pen reiterated her support for the protesters at a meeting near Marseille, at which she described the movement as a "legitimate" and "courageous" revolt.

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