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    Riot police officers stand in position during clashes with demonstrators during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on December 1, 2018

    Prosecutors Open Probe Into "Yellow Vests" Protesters' Attack on Police (VIDEOS)

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    During Saturday's mass demonstrations, French law enforcement agencies detained at least 220 people, with 81 of them being in custody. Police had to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters in Paris.

    Parisian prosecutors have opened a case after a group of "yellow vests" protesters assaulted law enforcement personnel, BFM TV reported.

    According to the report, three police officers on motorcycles were attacked by an angry mob near Champs-Elysees on Saturday. The protesters managed to knock down two officers dand started to beat them, forcing one of the policemen to pull out a gun.

    Commenting on the incident, the trade union Alliance Police Nationale supported the officers, stating that the move was necessary to save their lives.

    The protests in the country continue despite the scrapping of a fuel tax that ignited the "yellow vests" movement in November. Addressing the mass demonstrations, the French Senate backed a draft law on Friday, stipulating annual bonuses for employees and exemptions from increased social security tax for pensioners who earn less than 2,000 euros (over $2,200) per month.

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