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Yellow vests in clash with police

Marches: Yellow vest protesters wave RIC (Citizens’ Initiative Referendum) and French flags in 

POLICE fired volleys of tear gas and arrested more than 250 protesters after yellow vest demonstrations returned to cities across France.

The anti-government movement — which emerged in 2018 to protest against fuel taxes and living costs — had been curbed by coronavirus lockdowns.

But on Saturday hundreds gathered for two marches in the capital with police stopping one after demonstrators left a designated route and set fire to waste bins and a car.

Officers used tear gas on small groups of roaming activists and worked hard to prevent protesters — who have demanded referendums — from reaching the Champs-Élysées, scene of riots last year.

Many of those held were carrying tools that could be used as weapons

The trouble came after France saw virus cases reach a daily high of nearly 10,000 on Thursday. Police called on demonstrators to respect Covid-19 measures in Paris, which is among France’s high-risk ‘red zones’.