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Police Fire Tear Gas, Water Cannons at Paris Fuel-Tax Crowds

  • Some 8,000 demonstrators converge on Avenue des Champs-Elysees
  • National turnout is down from a week earlier, government says
A truck burns during protests near the Arc of Triomphe on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on Nov. 24.

A truck burns during protests near the Arc of Triomphe on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on Nov. 24.

Photographer: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images

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Police used tear gas and water cannons to control thousands of protesters on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, some of whom were setting fires, as a week-long series of demonstrations against higher gasoline taxes converged on the French capital.

Among the protesters were members of far-right political movements who confronted riot police, according to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. Police kept demonstrators away from French President Emmanuel Macron’s office and residence.