Police firing tear gas and turning water cannon on protesters in Paris on Saturday. These demonstrators in their thousands are angry over rising fuel costs, as well as president Emmanuel Macron's economic policies. This weekend marks the second of so-called yellow vest protests across France. This time they converged on the French capital's iconic Champs-Élysées.
Some clashed with police, about 3,000 officers were sent to prevent the demonstrators from reaching the president's Élysée Palace nearby. The protesters are opposed to taxes Macron introduced last year on diesel and gasoline, which are designed to encourage people to shift to more environmentally friendly transport. Alongside the tax, the government has also offered incentives to buy green or electric vehicles.
The unrest is a dilemma for Macron who cast himself as a champion against climate change but has been derided as out of touch with common folk and he's fighting a slumping popularity. His public ratings sit at barely 20%.