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First Yellow Vest protest since Notre Dame blaze not as violent as feared

Thousands of Yellow Vest protesters took to the streets today for a 23rd Saturday in a row, more than five months after the movement began. Tension was high in Paris, but the protests there and throughout the country were not as violent as anticipated. Demonstrators in Paris marched from the Finance Ministry to the Place de la Republique to give President Emmanuel Macron what was billed “an ultimatum”. The first clashes broke out along the route. The Place de la République was covered for much of the afternoon with a cloud of tear gas as some protesters threw bottles and other projectiles at police officers on the scene. Several shops and restaurants were vandalised. Motorbikes, scooters, and trashcans were lit on fire. Amplifying the tension, some protesters shouted that the officers should kill themselves. This as the French police struggle with an unprecedented wave of suicides. The police detained 227 people, taking 178 into custody. They also conducted 20,500 spot checks.

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