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France reviews police methods after yellow vest protests

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner defends the way in which police have handled the protests but asks a specially-chosen panel of some 15 experts to develop new ideas for managing demonstrations

YELLOW VEST PROTESTS. In this file photo, protestors stand as police use a water cannon during a 'Yellow Vest' (Gilets jaunes) anti-government protest on December 22, 2018, in Bordeaux, southwestern France, as part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. File photo by Nicolas Tucat/AFP

French police out in force to prevent 'yellow vest' violence

Mar 23, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government deploys soldiers from its Sentinelle anti-terror force to guard public buildings

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Paris police ban 'yellow vest' protests on Champs-Elysees March 23

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:41 PM

Protesters will also be stopped from entering streets surrounding the Arc de Triomphe, at the top of the avenue, as well as several nearby areas, including the presidential Elysee Palace and the National Assembly

BANNED. Paris police say 'yellow vest' protests will be banned on the Champs-Elysees on Saturday, March 23. File photo from Wikipedia

'It's the apocalypse': Paris rioters run amok at yellow vest rallies

Mar 17, 2019 - 9:10 AM

The yellow vest protesters rip up paving stones which they used to smash shop windows and attack the police

LOOTING. A Yellow Vest protester destroys a shop window during clashes with riot police forces on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on March 16, 2019, on the 18th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations called by the 'Yellow Vest' (gilets jaunes) movement. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Paris stores looted in new 'yellow vest' riots

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The rally coincides with the end of two months of public debates called by President Emmanuel Macron to give voters a forum to air their grievances and propose policy changes

LOOTING. A Yellow Vest protester destroys a shop window during clashes with riot police forces on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on March 16, 2019, on the 18th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations called by the 'Yellow Vest' (gilets jaunes) movement. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse by 'yellow vest' protestors

Feb 17, 2019 - 1:58 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron says anti-Semitic insults Alain Finkielkraut has been subjected are the 'absolute negation of what makes France a 'great nation'

Member of the Academie Francaise (French Academy), French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut is pictured in the Academy's library on December 1, 2016 prior to the institution's annual public session in Paris. (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP)

After yellow vest protests, Macron eyes referendum in May

Feb 04, 2019 - 12:10 AM

A newspaper reported that the French will be asked whether they wanted to reduce the number of national lawmakers

REFERENDUM EYED. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers his New Year wishes during a televised address to the nation from the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 31, 2018. Photo by Michel Euler/AFP

10,000 'red scarf' protesters march against 'yellow vest' violence

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Dubbed the 'red scarf' movement, the centrist initiative is the brainchild of an engineer from Toulouse who was horrified by the violence seen among more extremist 'yellow vest' demonstrators

AGAINST VIOLENCE. Demonstrators hold a sign during a rally of French 'red scarves' (foulards rouges), critics of violent 'yellow vest' (Gilets Jaunes) protests in Paris on January 27, 2019. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

'Yellow vests' back on France's streets to challenge Macron

Jan 27, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The local police reports 223 arrests in Paris alone

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Macron's debate put to test as 'yellow vests' stage 10th protest

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Many yellow vests have announced plans to boycott the discussions scheduled in dozens of towns and villages

France's 'yellow vests' mobilize for fresh round of protests

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Hundreds of officers are on guard on the Champs-Elysees, where banks, jewelry stores and other shops have boarded up windows in anticipation of renewed looting and violence

NEW ROUND. People march in the streets of center Paris, on January 12, 2019 during an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

France vows tough response as new 'yellow vest' demos loom

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Officials have warned they expect this weekend's anti-government demonstrations to be bigger and more violent than a week ago, as a movement which had shown signs of fatigue appeared to gain new momentum.

PROTEST. A demonstrator runs from a cloud of teargas in Paris on January 5, 2019, during an anti-government demonstration called by the yellow vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement. Photo by Abdul Abeissa / AFP

New Paris mural celebrates 'yellow vest' revolt

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Street artist Pascal Boyart creates a mural based on Eugene Delacroix's monumental canvass 'Liberty Leading the People,' which glorified the revolution of July 1830

A man on a bicycle rides past by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) protestors inspired by "La Liberte guidant le Peuple" painting by Eugene Delacroix in Paris on January 8, 2019.  Philippe LOPEZ / AFP

France to crack down on unauthorized 'yellow vest' protests

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:30 AM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces plans to ban known 'troublemakers' from taking part in demonstrations, in the same way known football hooligans have been banned from stadiums in the past

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

'Yellow vests' storm French ministry as protests turn violent

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Authorities says protesters briefly entered the courtyard where they smashed up two cars, broke some windows then escaped

France's 'yellow vest' protestors back on the streets

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 PM

This is the 8th Saturday of protests called by the grassroots movement

YELLOW VESTS. Anti-government protesters kneel and stand on a road as smoke from a flare drifts towards them during a rally in Nantes on January 5, 2019, part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

'Yellow vest' leader Eric Drouet arrested

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Eric Drouet – who already faces a trial for carrying a weapon – is held while heading for the Champs-Elysees, according to a police source

ARRESTED. This file photo taken on December 23, 2018 shows Eric Drouet, a leader of the 'Yellow vests' (Gilets jaunes) movement, next to his lawyer Kheops Lara (R) as he leaves Paris' courthouse at the end of his custody after being detained by the police during a yellow vests demonstration in Paris. File photo by Francois Guillot/AFP

Macron government on tenterhooks as new tax regime takes effect

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:53 PM

While most French support the change, workers may feel 'poorer' as taxes are now to be deducted directly from salaries each month

RISK. President Emmanuel Macron, who is still in hot waters after the yellow vest demonstrations, initiates the transition to the new tax system. File photo from Erix Feferberg/AFP

Upbeat Macron vows to do better amid 'yellow vest' protests

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:56 AM

As French president Emmanuel Macron speaks, demonstrators clad in high-visibility yellow vests again gather in Paris and other big cities to demand more measures in favor of the working poor and a greater say for ordinary people in the running of the country

NEW YEAR ADDRESS. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers his New Year wishes during a televised address to the nation from the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 31, 2018. Photo by Michel Euler / POOL / AFP

12,000 police on duty in Paris as 'yellow vests' call protests

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The French capital will be on high alert after repeated clashes over the last month between security forces and the protesters

YELLOW VEST PROTEST. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

'Yellow vest' protesters target Macron's vacation hideaway

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Despite failed attempts, some demonstrators may try to storm back into the medieval fort of Bregancon which serves as Macron's vacation retreat

MORE PROTESTS. Yellow vests protestors stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018, in Voivres-Les-Le Mans near Le Mans, northwestern France. File Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Macron calls for order after 'yellow vest' attack on police

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:59 PM

'It needs harmony, unity, sincere commitment to strong collective causes and we must heal the divisions,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

'Yellow vest' protest numbers fall in run-up to Christmas

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:50 PM

There are 10 deaths related to the protests since they began on November 17

Yellow vests protestors stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018, in Voivres-Les-Le Mans near Le Mans, northwestern France. - The French government was on December 16 hoping the sharp drop in "yellow vest" demonstrators signalled an end to protests which have plunged the French President into the biggest crisis of his presidency. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Macron government hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam

Dec 17, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Around 66,000 people turn out again on Saturday across France for a fifth round of protests which sprung up over fuel tax hikes last month before snowballing into broader opposition to Macron – half the number of the previous weekend

YELLOW VESTS. Yellow vest protesters stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Macron's ratings fall further after month of protests

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Veteran sociologist Herve Le Bras says protests underline the depth of dislike for French President Emmanuel Macron's personality and style of governing, which critics see as arrogant and too distant

France's 'yellow vest' protests decline on decisive weekend

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Two polls published in the wake of President Macron's concessions suggest that France was now split broadly 50-50 on whether the protests should continue

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Macron unveils new measures in bid to end 'yellow vest' revolt

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:06 AM

In a 15-minute televised speech, embattled French President Emmanuel Macron tells the nation, 'I accept my share of responsibility' for the crisis

PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. Yellow vest (gilets jaunes) protestors take notes as thet watch French President Emmanuel Macron's speech on TV on December 10, 2018 at a restaurant with French deputy Richard Damos, in Fay-au-Loges, near Orleans, Center France. (Photo by Guillaume Souvant/AFP

[ANALYSIS] What Filipinos can learn from France’s yellow vest protests

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:24 AM

As in France, only popular protest in the streets will be able to stop the government’s stubbornly stupid plan

Trump must not interfere in French politics – foreign minister

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:33 PM

'I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be,' says Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

MISINTERPRETED? US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives for bilateral talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2018 on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by ludovic Marin/AFP

All eyes on Macron after fresh 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:46 PM

More than 670 protesters are detained in the capital, many of them stopped as they arrived at train stations or meeting points carrying hammers, petanque balls and other potential missiles

RIOT. A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Where will France's 'yellow vest' protests lead?

Dec 09, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Who exactly makes up the 'yellow vest' movement, and will the government be able to quell their anger after a month of increasingly fiery protests?

PROTEST. A Yellow vest (Gilet jaune) protestor kicks a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on November 24, 2018 during a protest against rising oil prices and living costs. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

70 arrested in Brussels during 'yellow vest' protest

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The protesters gather in two districts of the city – Arts Lois and Porte de Namur – but there are no incidents of violence

BRUSSELS VERSION. Two "Yellow vest" (Gilet Jaune) protesters hug each other during clashes with anti-riot police as part of a demonstration on November 30, 2018, near major EU buildings in Brussels. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Tear gas, mass arrests as new 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Shouts of 'Macron, resign' mingles with the tear gas near the famous Champs-Elysees Avenue

PROTESTS. A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) holds a placard as protestors walk non the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on December 8, 2018 during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Macron retreats on fuel tax hikes in bid to calm French protests

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:18 PM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump says Emmanuel Macron's retreat vindicated his rejection of the 2015 Paris Agreement on combating climate change

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron looks on prior to a debate organised by the French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, between the eleven candidates for the French presidential election, on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis near Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Lionel BONAVENTURE

Protest clashes erupt in Paris as anti-Macron rallies return

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:23 PM

The protests include many pensioners and has been most active in small urban and rural areas where it has blocked roads, closed motorway toll booths, and even walled up the entrance to tax offices

PROTEST. Riot police officers guard the flame of The Unknown Soldier at The Arc of Triomphe 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. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Clashes on Champs-Elysees as French protesters rage against taxes

Nov 25, 2018 - 10:38 AM

'Shame on those who assaulted or intimidated citizens, journalists and politicians.... There is no place for violence in the [French] Republic,' says French President Emmanuel Macron

PROTEST. A Yellow vest (Gilet jaune) protestor kicks a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on November 24, 2018 during a protest against rising oil prices and living costs. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Paris police fire tear gas, water cannon against 'yellow vest' protesters

Nov 25, 2018 - 1:30 AM

'We have just demonstrated peacefully, and we were teargassed,' says one of the protesters

PROTEST. A Yellow vest (Gilet jaune) protestor kicks a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on November 24, 2018 during a protest against rising oil prices and living costs. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Man wearing explosives and yellow vest surrenders in France

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The man surrenders at a shopping center after hours of negotiations with police

PROTEST. A man holds a flare on November 17, 2018 in Paris, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP