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    Tear gas is thrown by riot police as demonstrators wearing yellow vests try to cross a pedestrian bridge during march in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.

    Day of Rage: Smoke Rises Over Paris as Yellow Vest Riots Turn Violent (VIDEOS)

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    Yellow Vest protesters are holding rallies across France for the eighth week in a row, demonstrating against the policies of President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

    Yellow Vest protests in Paris turned violent on 5 January as demonstrators clashed with French police on foot bridges crossing the River Seine. Police, in turn, used tear gas against the crowd and batons to fight them back, with hundreds reportedly being injured in riots.

    READ MORE: 'Yellow Vests' Movement Holds Protests in Paris for Eight Weeks in Row (VIDEO)

    The demonstrations have been ongoing nationwide since mid-November, with people initially protesting against an increase in diesel and gasoline taxes. Although the French government abandoned its plans, the rallies evolved into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs, with many calling for President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation.

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