Yellow vest protesters clash with police in Nantes as marches resume

Sebastien Salom-Gomis, AFP | A protestor holds a placard reading "Justice for Steve" during an anti-government demonstration called by the "Yellow Vests" (Gilets Jaunes) movement in Nantes, Western France on September 14, 2019.

Around 1,800 demonstrators faced police in a tense stand-off in the French city of Nantes on Saturday as revived "yellow vest" protests against the government of President Emmanuel Macron took place across the country.


According to local authorities, around 1,800 people marched in the western city of Nantes, as police responded with tear gas after protesters threw projectiles. Several were injured.

A spokesman with the local prefecture said at least 35 people had been arrested.

Television footage showed groups of black-clad protesters trying to break into shops, while police trucks carrying water cannon were seen arriving on scene.

The ‘yellow vest’ protests, named after motorists' high-visibility jackets, began over fuel tax increases but morphed into a sometimes violent revolt against Macron and a government they see as out of touch.

The president has sought to ease tensions with 17 billion euros of countermeasures to boost the monthly minimum wage, remove some taxes, and offer relief to poor retirees. But he faces a new round of anger with a long-awaited reform that seeks to merge France's 42 different pension systems into a single points-based system.

Parisian commuters faced travel misery on Friday as metro workers went on strike over plans to reduce their retirement privileges.


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