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Paris shuts down ahead of protest

For the fourth weekend in a row, the "yellow vests" are planning a protest across France. Tensions have been high between the protesters and the French government over rising taxes and fuel prices. "The rich are getting richer, while the poor are paying more taxes", said our digital correspondent last Saturday.

Via digital correspondent Matthieu Lacroix on Saturday, Nov 24th 2018 in Avignon, France

The protests turned violent last Saturday in Paris as protesters lit fires across the capital city and police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds. Over 100 000 people across France have been participating in the protests across France every Saturday. As the conflict continues, the French government is preparing for another protest tomorrow.

Via digital correspondent Matthieu Lacroix on Saturday, Dec 1st 2018 in Paris, France

According to CNN, several key tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Paris Opera will be closed over the weekend in preparation of the Saturday's protest. The French Prime Minister said he would utilize more preventive measures on Saturday's protest such as armoured vehicles and increased security to deal with the crowds, which are growing more and more impatient and violent.

The yellow jackets is a symbol of breakdown of the government and society. A French law states that one must have a yellow vest inside their vehicles at all times in case of a vehicle roadside emergency or a vehicle breakdown. This symbol was adopted by protesters to display mistrust and breakdown in the French government.

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