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April 18, 2019

107 people arrested as ‘yellow-vest’ protesters clash with police in Paris

French police have fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon to disperse “yellow-vest” protesters trying to breach security cordons on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris.

The clashes on Saturday broke out soon after hundreds of protesters wearing high-visibility yellow vests began gathering near the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the boulevard before a third rally against diesel tax increases and the high cost of living.

A big cloud of tear gas partially shrouded the famed monument as riot police closed in to push back the crowd, some of whom were hurling barricades and other projectiles at the officers.

Other protesters erected their own barricades and set them alight in some of the streets adjacent to the Champs Elysees. A car was also set ablaze.

At least 107 people were arrested during clashes by midday, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

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