Yel­low vest protests are hit with tear gas

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in a bak­ery killed two fire­fight­ers and a Span­ish tourist and in­jured nearly 50 peo­ple early on Satur­day.

But small groups of de­mon­stra­tors broke away from the des­ig­nated route and threw bot­tles and other pro­jec­tiles at the po­lice.

Around the 19th-cen­tury Arc de Tri­om­phe at the top of the Champs El­y­sees boule­vard, riot po­lice fired wa­ter can­non and tear gas at mil­i­tant protesters af­ter be­ing pelted with stones and paint, wit­nesses said.

Groups of protesters also gath­ered on and around the Champs El­y­sees, the scene of dis­tur­bances in re­cent weeks, many of them call­ing loudly for Macron to re­sign.

“Macron, we are go­ing to tear down your place!” one ban­ner read.

The In­te­rior Min­istry es­ti­mated that there were a max­i­mum of about 84,000 de­mon­stra­tors na­tion­wide on Satur­day - more than the 50,000 counted last week but well below the record 282,000 es­ti­mated on Nov. 17, the first day of the protests.

In Paris, the min­istry counted 8,000 de­mon­stra­tors, more than in the past two week­ends, when au­thor­i­ties tal­lied just 3,500 peo­ple on Jan. 5 and only 800 on Dec. 29. Reuters

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Protesters wear­ing yel­low vests clash with riot po­lice in Nantes, France, on Satur­day.

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