Yellow Vests demonstrators are taking to streets for the 23rd round of protests that have been rocking the county since mid-November. A major demonstration is set to take place in the capital city of Paris.
The police have warned protesters to stay away from the Notre Dame cathedral area Saturday in the wake of a deadly blaze that erupted there on Monday.
That same day, President Emmanuel Macron was supposed to unveil measures to quell the protests, but had to cancel the announcement due to the Notre Dame tragedy.
The French president is yet to reveal a new date for his address.
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These protests that initially erupted over a government plan to raise fuel taxes, have been ongoing in the country since mid-November. The authorities subsequently abandoned their fuel tax increase and have since provided several other concessions, but the Yellow Vests continue to gather in cities across France.
At Least 2 Injured During Yellow Vest Rallies in Paris, Protesters Burning Down Cars
Protesters taking part in yellow vest demonstrations in Paris on Saturday started to burn down cars on the streets, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
The supporters of the so-called Black Bloc movement are setting cars and dumpsters on fire in the vicinity of Boulevard Jules Ferry.
According to the correspondent, at least two people have been injured during the Saturday demonstrations in Paris.
As of 15:00 (13:00 GMT) police have arrested 110 protesters, while the authorities have called on people to "dissociate themselves from violent groups" attacking the police and burning garbage, and scooters.
Tens of Thousands of Police Officers, Gendarmes Deployed to Maintain Order
It has been reported that some 60,000 police officers and gendarmes have been deployed to maintain order during the protests. At the same time, at least 70 people have already been arrested so far.
BFMTV broadcaster reported citing the Paris police that protesters were arrested mostly for carrying "prohibited objects."
Police Reportedly Use Tear Gas Against Protesters
Police have reportedly used tear gas against the protesters, who have gathered at the Gare du Nord.
Planned Routes of the 23rd Protest
One of the planned routes starts at Bercy Square and will head towards Republic Square. An additional meeting is scheduled to take place at the Basilica of Saint-Denis. Besides Paris, demonstrations are expected in Toulouse, Montpellier, and Bordeaux.
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