Police unleash tear gas as protesters take to the street in Paris

Police unleash tear gas as protesters take to the street in Paris
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Paris police reportedly used tear gas on Saturday to break up demonstrators protesting French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronUS should support, but also prod, Ukraine Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Trump selects Grenell as special envoy for Serbia, Kosovo peace talks MORE’s government and what they say is economic injustice.

A few hundred anti-government protesters took to the streets of Paris, prompting the French city to be placed under high security, The Associated Press reported.

Police donned riot gear and attempted to disperse the crowds with tear gas in several areas that have banned protests this weekend, including the iconic Champs-Elysees avenue, the AP reported.

More than 7,000 police officers have been deployed to thwart the demonstrations, which have been banned in other locations such as the presidential palace, the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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At least 39 people have been arrested so far, according to the AP.

The protests marked an attempt to reignite the yellow vest movement that began last year and continued well into the spring over increased fuel prices. Most protesters did not wear the famous yellow vests for Saturday’s demonstrations.

Other protests are slated to take place in Paris this weekend, including a demonstration Saturday afternoon from activists demanding more action from the government and companies to reduce emissions and address climate change, the AP reported.

The Workers Force union is also holding a separate march against the retirement reform.