Sep 21, 2019 16:18 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Oct 16, 2019 13:20 Asia/Tehran]
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Over a hundred demonstrators have been arrested at yellow vest protests in Paris and the Champs Elysees has been closed.

Iran Press/Europe: French Police secured a street near the Champs Elysees during the yellow vest movement demonstration on Saturday while about 7,500 officers were deployed to the area, RTÉ reported.

There were also fears that the demonstrators could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital.

The yellow vest movement erupted 10 months ago and blindsided French President Emmanuel Macron, whom protesters accuse of being out of touch with the needs of ordinary people.

The weekly demonstrations - today is the 45th - prompted Macron to loosen the state's purse strings to the tune of nearly €17 billion in wage boosts and tax cuts for low earners, but tapered off over the summer.

The authorities had banned demonstrations in some areas of the city, including tourism hotspot Champs-Elysees, but some protesters violated the ban, leading to a tense standoff with police who used teargas and batons to scatter them.

President Macron called for "calm" yesterday, saying that while "it's good that people express themselves", they should not disrupt a climate protest and cultural events also due to go ahead.

The number of police deployed for Saturday's rallies are on a par with the peak of the yellow vest protests in December and March.

According to a recent poll conducted by Odoxa Institute for French Radio and the Le Figaro newspaper, three-fourths of French people are not satisfied with Macron's performance. 

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