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'Yellow Vests' march in Paris as troops join police to prevent trouble

Updated : March 23, 2019 06:45 PM IST

French "yellow vest" demonstrators began their 19th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron's government on Saturday as military units were deployed to help police clamp down on any trouble. Protesters were banned from gathering on the Champs Elysees in Paris after shops and businesses on the avenue were looted and wrecked last weekend, leading the government to call in "Operation Sentinelle" army units for this weekend.

A street sign renaming the Champs-Elysee to
A street sign renaming the Champs-Elysee to "Yellow Vests avenue" is pictured during the Act XIX (the 19th consecutive national protest on a Saturday) of the "yellow vests" movement in Paris. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
French gendarmes check people on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Act XIX (the 19th consecutive national protest on a Saturday) of the
French gendarmes check people on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Act XIX (the 19th consecutive national protest on a Saturday) of the "yellow vests" movement in Paris. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
A French police water cannon vehicle is in place on the Champs-Elysees avenue. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
A French police water cannon vehicle is in place on the Champs-Elysees avenue. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
French riot police officers secure the Champs-Elysees avenue. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
French riot police officers secure the Champs-Elysees avenue. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
A riot police officer stands guard as French
A riot police officer stands guard as French "yellow vests" stage their 19th round of protests in Nice, France. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)
Riot police try to disperse a protester as French
Riot police try to disperse a protester as French "yellow vests" stage their 19th round of protests in Nice. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)
A protester holds a placard reading
A protester holds a placard reading "For the Honour" in front of the Eiffel Tower. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
A protester holds a placard reading
A protester holds a placard reading "We Will Win" during the Act XIX, the 19th round of Saturday protests by the "yellow vests" movement, in Paris. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
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