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Violence has erupted on the streets of Paris as protesters march against rising fuel prices Sat 24 Nov 2018

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BRITISH tourists were caught up in mob violence yesterday, as protesters filled the streets of Paris and clashed with police during marches against rising fuel prices.

Water cannons and rounds of teargas were used by riot cops against thousands of French “Yellow Vest” fuel protesters today as the Champs Elysee was reduced to a battlefield.

The worst violence took place on the most famous avenue in the city where a huge crowd called for President Emmanuel Macron to resign.

The unrest has erupted over spiking fuel prices in the country and is pilling pressure on the government.

A police officer at the scene said: “They included hooded demonstrators who were determined to cause trouble.

“We’ve been forced to deploy a water cannon and use tear gas to stop them getting to a secure zone.

“They’re breaking up traffic obstacles to create missiles to throw at us. It’s getting very violent.”

 Riot cops have been deployed on the streets of the capital to quell the unrest

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Riot cops have been deployed on the streets of the capital to quell the unrest

The zone included the Elysee Palace – Mr Macron’s official home – and the Place de la Concorde, opposite the National Assembly, France’s parliament.

They have been conducting a grassroots campaign against escalating petrol and diesel prices.

Senior French ministers have slammed the ‘radicalisation’ and ‘anarchy’ involved, claiming far-Right and hard-Left elements have hijacked the protests.

Two road deaths have been linked with the protests so far – both at illegal road blocks set up by the Yellow Vests.

There have also been 553 woundings, 17 of them serious.

More than 95 police have been hurt in a variety of disturbances, including an attempt to storm the Elysee Palace last weekend.

 A protester waves a tricolour from a traffic light as violence erupts on the streets

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A protester waves a tricolour from a traffic light as violence erupts on the streets

 A protester wearing yellow vest, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, burns flare on the the Champs-Elysee

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A protester wearing yellow vest, a symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher fuel prices, burns flare on the the Champs-Elysee

 Furniture was piled up to form a barricade as the protests turned ugly in the French capital

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Furniture was piled up to form a barricade as the protests turned ugly in the French capital

 Tear gas shrouded the Arc de Triomphe as battle hit the streets of Paris

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Tear gas shrouded the Arc de Triomphe as battle hit the streets of Paris

 Around 3,000 police are on the streets of the capital to cope with the violence

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Around 3,000 police are on the streets of the capital to cope with the violence

 Water cannons were used on the protesters as the demonstrations strayed into their second week

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Water cannons were used on the protesters as the demonstrations strayed into their second week

 A fire rages as men wearing yellow vests protest against rising fuel prices on the Champs-Elysees

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A fire rages as men wearing yellow vests protest against rising fuel prices on the Champs-Elysees

 Protesters stands in front of a fire during a protest in Paris

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Protesters stands in front of a fire during a protest in Paris

 Police tried to push back the protesters, at times beating back demonstrators with baton strikes and dragging them away.

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Police tried to push back the protesters, at times beating back demonstrators with baton strikes and dragging them away.

 Protesters burned large plywood sheets and other material in the middle of several streets in central Paris, sending up large columns of smoke.

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Protesters burned large plywood sheets and other material in the middle of several streets in central Paris, sending up large columns of smoke.

 Marine Le Pen, the head of the National Assembly party, called on protesters to head to the Champs-Elysees earlier this week despite authorities banning all demonstrations on the avenue.

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Marine Le Pen, the head of the National Assembly party, called on protesters to head to the Champs-Elysees earlier this week despite authorities banning all demonstrations on the avenue.

 Flames raged by the Arc de Triomphe during the violent clashes

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Flames raged by the Arc de Triomphe during the violent clashes