Paris Police Gird For Weekend Protests Over Macron, Climate

France Yellow Vest protests continue for 45th week

French police fire tear gas, arrest yellow ve...

Climate protesters marched through Paris for a second day on Saturday (local time) in a rally that saw sporadic clashes between masked demonstrators and police who also broke up "yellow vest" groups trying to stage unauthorised gatherings in the capital.

Bins were set on fire in the streets, as police in riot gear moved in to disperse the crowd.

At least 90 people have been detained in Paris during another protest of the "Yellow Vests" movement, BTA reported.

More than 7,000 police officers had been deployed to stop any violence amid fears the protesters and the radical "black blocs" would try to infiltrate a climate change march in the capital.

Authorities have outlawed demonstrations on the Champs Elysees and other central areas but some protesters violated the ban, leading to tense standoffs with police who used teargas and batons to scatter them.

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Even before the protests began, the police announced that they had arrested 39 people.

"Yellow Vest" movement, which got its name from the high-visibility vests drivers required to have in their cars, was created on social media November a year ago to protest against a rise in carbon tax, which Macron said was necessary to combat climate change.

Key yellow-vest figure Jerome Rodrigues has billed Saturday's protest as "a revelatory demonstration", claiming "many people are going to come to Paris".

The authorities have been taking precautions so protesters do not disrupt an annual heritage event this weekend that gives the public special access to many historic sites.

But anger is now mounting again over his plans to overhaul France's costly, convoluted pension system.

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Mr Macron made multiple concessions to the movement, including a €10 billion package of measures to boost purchasing power.

Protesters run away from tear gas during a demonstration on Act 45 (the 45th consecutive national protest on Saturday) of the yellow vests movement in Paris, France, September 21, 2019.

The hard-left Workers Force union is also holding a separate march against the retirement reform.

Some sites like the Arc de Triomphe monument were closed while others like the Elysee presidential palace required visitors to register in advance.

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