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    Macron Calls for Order, Calm in Country Amid ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – French President Emmanuel Macron called on Sunday for establishing order and accord in the country amid another wave of "yellow vests" rallies.

    "The time has come for order, calm and harmony to prevail in the country. Our country needs it, it needs accord, unity and sincere commitment to important common goals. It is necessary to eliminate the existing differences", Macron told the BFMTV broadcaster.

    Being in Chad, the president stressed that he had constantly been in contacts with the Interior Minister of France, who closely followed the course of Saturday's protests.

    READ MORE: Police Use Tear Gas as Yellow Vests' Protests Rock Paris for 6th Week (VIDEO)

    According to the latest data, the French police detained at least 220 people during Saturday's protests across the country.

    The wave of the so-called yellow vest protests — named after the obligatory attribute of French drivers — started in mid-November. While the French government has scrapped its planned hike in diesel taxes, which is what initially sparked the protests, the "yellow vest" rallies have evolved into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs. The rallies have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and the police.

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