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Yellow vests vow to fight on after fresh clashes with police in Paris

FRANCE’S gilets jaunes movement vowed today to continue the struggle as fresh clashes with police on Saturday marked the 14th consecutive week of anti-government protest.

Thousands took to the streets of Paris once more as police fired tear gas at the crowds who fought back by hurling projectiles and setting fire to bins.

Large demonstrations also took place in Bordeaux and Lyon as the movement marked three months of protests which started over a rise in fuel tax before broadening into an anti-government movement.

Four people were injured in Rouen as a car ploughed into protesters. At least 10 people have been killed since the demonstrations began in November.

Last week saw a number of yellow vests appear in court as authorities try to clamp down on the movement which is demanding the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Lorry driver Eric Drouet, a prominent yellow vest, faces a suspended prison sentence of one month for holding unauthorised demonstrations. In June he faces more serious charges of carrying a weapon which carries a maximum 10-year jail term.

Former boxer Christophe Dettinger — whose attack on a police officer went viral on social media — was sentenced to a year in prison although he will be allowed out during the day so he can keep his job.

Saturday’s protests saw online retail giant Amazon targeted with crowds blocking a depot in the French capital. 

Despite his dwindling personal approval ratings Mr Macron refuses to back down, although has offered concessions including the scrapping of the fuel tax and a rise in the minimum wage.

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