French pro­test­ers mad at fuel taxes clash with po­lice

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - From The Front - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

French po­lice fired tear gas and wa­ter can­nons to dis­perse vi­o­lent demon­stra­tors in Paris on Satur­day, as thou­sands gath­ered in the cap­i­tal and be­yond and to vent anger against ris­ing fuel taxes.

Thou­sands of po­lice were de­ployed na­tion­wide to con­tain the eighth day of deadly demon­stra­tions that started as protests against tax but mor­phed into a re­buke of Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron and the per­ceived elitism of the rul­ing class. Two peo­ple have died since Nov. 17 in protest-re­lated in­ci­dents.

At least 20 peo­ple, in­clud­ing four po­lice of­fi­cers, were in­jured in the day of un­rest in Paris. when their he­li­copter crashed.

The two Afghan sol­diers died and two oth­ers in­jured Satur­day when their he­li­copter made an “emer­gency land­ing.”

The Tal­iban claim to have shot the he­li­copter down.

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