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state of emergency could be imposed in France after scenes like these shook Paris as the Yellow Vest Protest escalated. And turned the Champs-Élysées and surrounding streets into a battle zone on Saturday, France's worst unrest since 1968. Police said they arrested more than 400 people, and more than 130 were injured.
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Including members of the security forces, as black-clad masked groups joined the yellow vests and ran amok, torching, looting, and fighting police. The protests against diesel tax hikes and the high cost of living in France are now entering a third week. They began on Saturday morning with riot police using water cannon, tear gas, and stun grenades.
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The authorities blamed some of the violence on infiltrators from the far right or far left. Even so the popular rebellion has mined a vein of deep dissatisfaction with President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms, which critics feel favor the rich and big businesses.>>
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> Police unions said across France there were some 31,000 protesters.
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Disturbances rocked several other French cities too. Macron says he understands the anger over the squeeze that fuel prices have put on households. And he has offered to talk with representatives of the protestors ahead of the next round of fuel tax hikes due in January. But he also insists he won't be bounced into changing policy by thugs as his government weighs how to stop each weekend descending into riots.
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