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Yellow Vest protests spreading to UK

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Demonstrations by Yellow Vest protesters in Paris turned to riots as those taking part demanded the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Police used tear gas and water cannon as demonstrators became violent. Police also tackled them with batons and controversial Flash-ball guns.

Crowds calling for Macron to step down also carried coffin-shaped items to represent the ten people who have died in the protests.

There were 30 arrests in Paris, many suspected of carrying offensive weapons.

Similar demonstrations took place in other French cities and towns and more than 50,000 police and gendarmes were deployed.

Scuffles have broken out in Leeds as British 'yellow vests' march through the city in protest at 'being treated like nothing' and against the 'corrupt government.'

Around 150 were seen in the city this afternoon, with West Yorkshire Police deployed to keep the situation under control - leading to six arrests for offences including assaulting a police officer.

At points during the march protesters were seen clashing with police, with pictures showing officers attempting to subdue several of those involved.

Police said around 100 of the protesters were from Yellow Vest UK and 50 were counter protesters - and were seen gathering outside the BBC Yorkshire building in St Peter's Square.

A Facebook event set for the event reads: "We are tired of been treated like nothing, we work our asses off to provide for our families. The cost of living increases with little increase in wages.

"Now is the time to stand up against this corrupt government that’s making the working class less better off."

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