New Zealander describes 'horror' riots in Paris

They were then dispersed by police.

Chantal, a 61-year-old pensioner who came from an eastern Paris suburb, said she was avoiding the "hooligans" but was determined to send President Emmanuel Macron a message on the rising costs of living.

Protestors have defaced several buildings and monuments demanding Macron's resignation and the words "Macron Demission" was seen painted on the Arc de Triomphe.

It is unlikely Mr Philippe's announcement to MPs will put an end to the road blockades and demonstrations, with more protests possible this weekend in Paris.

NPR notes that the protesters' initial demand was to repeal the green tax but now they also want the minimum wage to be raised and they want Macron to resign.

The protests have spread to around a hundred schools nationwide, which were still partially or totally blocked Tuesday by teenagers voicing frustration over university entrance reforms.

The "gilet jaune" movement - so called because of the fluorescent vests that must be legally kept in French vehicles - was initially kicked off as a reaction to a government initiative to hike tax on diesel prices, which president Emmanuel Macron claims to be essential in reducing carbon emissions.

A soccer game between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier which was scheduled for Saturday in Paris was postponed after police said they couldn't guarantee security amid expected protests in the capital.

The "yellow vest" movement erupted on social media in October and has since become a wider protest against Macron, who is accused of failing to recognise the rising cost of living that has left many struggling.

Some of Paris's major avenues near the Arc de Triomphe and streets around the Champs-Elysees and the Tuileries garden were littered with debris and burned out cars.

For weeks Macron held his ground on the fuel taxes, which finance anti-pollution policies but which critics say unfairly weigh on drivers in rural and small-town France.

Numerous provisions, including expanded ID checks and restrictions on public gatherings, were incorporated into a new security law pushed through by President Emmanuel Macron when the emergency measures were lifted a year ago.

Violent anarchist and far-right groups have infiltrated it and are thought to be behind Saturday's clashes.

Rioters have looted stores, set cars on fire, and vandalized both the Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier amid their outrage.

A smashed window displays a yellow vest, showing support for protesters and for protesters not to attack the building, near the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. The grassroots protests began November 17 with motorists upset over a fuel tax hike, but now involve a broad range of demands related to France's high cost of living.

But it was unclear if the measures would assuage the anger on French streets, with both "yellow vest" leaders and opposition parties saying they were not enough.

"It's hard to reach the end of the month".

So far, at least two people have been killed and 890 people injured, while 158 of them are security officials, as well as 1,081 people have been detained and 9 protestors were sentenced to four months in prison during over two weeks of demonstrations.

Vanessa Coleman

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