March 23, 2019 / 4:53 PM / a month ago

Sporadic clashes break out in latest French 'yellow vest' protests

Protesters run away as tear gas is fired during 19th round of "yellow vests" protests in Nice, France, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) - Sporadic clashes broke out in Paris and other French cities on Saturday during “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

Police fired tear gas at protesters near the capital’s Boulevard de Strasbourg, and near the Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est rail stations.

Clashes also broke out in Lille in northern France, and Toulouse and Montpellier in the south.

The government had brought in troops to back up the police this Saturday after protests last weekend protests led to vandalism and looting on the Champs Elysees.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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