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PARIS | Yellow vest protesters still block French traffic circles

PARIS— Yellow vest protesters are occupying dozens of traffic roundabouts in France, even as their movement for economic justice appears to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of demonstrations. Some protesters remained Sunday despite a call by Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to free the traffic roundabouts. Eight people have died in incidents tied … Continue reading PARIS | Yellow vest protesters still block French traffic circles

PARIS | Tear gas on the Champs-Elysees but fewer Paris protesters

PARIS  — Tear gas billowed Saturday across the protest-scarred Champs-Elysees after a day of largely peaceful demonstrations in Paris and a water cannon shot a frigid stream at the crowd on the fifth straight weekend of protests by France’s “yellow vest” movement. The demonstrations against France’s high cost of living — sapped by cold weather, … Continue reading PARIS | Tear gas on the Champs-Elysees but fewer Paris protesters

PARIS | Tear gas on Champs-Elysees but fewer Paris protesters seen

PARIS— Tear gas billowed Saturday across the French capital’s protest-scarred Champs-Elysees after a day of largely peaceful demonstrations and water cannons shot into the crowds on the fifth straight weekend of protests by the country’s “yellow vest” movement. The demonstrations against France’s high cost of living — sapped by cold weather, rain and recent concessions … Continue reading PARIS | Tear gas on Champs-Elysees but fewer Paris protesters seen

PARIS | Strong police presence in Paris before planned protests

PARIS — A strong police presence has deployed in Paris before planned demonstrations by the “yellow vest” protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after previous violet protests and rioting. Security forces in riot gear were deployed Saturday morning around central train stations and along the famed Champs-Elysees boulevard, where shops were closed and boarded … Continue reading PARIS | Strong police presence in Paris before planned protests

PARIS | French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

PARIS — The French government spokesman says security forces are trying to catch the suspected shooter dead or alive, two days after an attack near Strasbourg’s Christmas market. Benjamin Griveaux said on CNews television that more than 700 officers are involved in the manhunt for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. Police have distributed a photo of the … Continue reading PARIS | French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

PARIS | The Latest: French prime minister promises more security

PARIS — The Latest on France protests (all times local): 3:30 p.m. France’s prime minister is promising “exceptional” security measures for protests planned in Paris and around the country Saturday, amid fears that radicals and troublemakers will take advantage of the moment to seed chaos. Speaking Thursday to lawmakers, Edouard Philippe said the government is … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: French prime minister promises more security

PARIS | French protesters clash with police in Paris; 63 arrested

PARIS — Protesters angry about rising taxes clashed with French police for a third straight weekend and dozens were arrested after pockets of demonstrators built barricades in the middle of streets in central Paris, lit fires and threw rocks at officers Saturday. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted that “1,500 troublemakers” were around the Champs-Elysees … Continue reading PARIS | French protesters clash with police in Paris; 63 arrested

ATHENS, Greece | 24-hour Greek media blackout ahead of broader strike action

ATHENS, Greece — Greek journalists walked off work for 24 hours Tuesday ahead of a broader nationwide strike that is expected to cripple transport services as austerity-weary labor unions press for salary and pension raises and tax cuts. No news programs were being broadcast on TV and radio, while newspapers will not be printed on … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | 24-hour Greek media blackout ahead of broader strike action