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15 Dec, 2018 14:21

Protests turn violent as Yellow Vests clash with police (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The Yellow Vest rally in Paris began relatively calm, but later saw protesters clash with cops. Over 66,000 people gathered nationwide, but Paris saw less than 3,000 people take to the streets - a huge decline from previous weeks.

Several clashes and scuffles broke out at the iconic Champs-Elysees avenue and near the Opera House as protesters called for Emmanuel Macron's resignation.

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Police were seen using pepper spray and tear gas against protesters.


At least 95 people were detained in the capital, with 63 being placed in custody.

READ MORE: Less yellow at Champs-Elysees: Protesters march in Paris demanding Macron resign (WATCH LIVE)


More than 66,000 people gathered across the country for protests, the Interior Ministry said. Less than 3,000 of them rallied in the capital – around five times less than last Saturday.


One person was hurt in the head during clashes at Champ-Elysees.

An RT correspondent suffered an injury to the face and has been taken to hospital, RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan confirmed on Twitter.

Toulouse and Bordeaux had some of the biggest turnouts in the country, with tens of thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets there on Saturday.

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