France: Clashes grip Lyon in first Yellow Vest outing since Macron speech


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Clashes erupted as hundreds gathered in Lyon for the 24th 'Yellow Vests' protest on Saturday, the first since a major speech by French President Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday.
Footage shows clashes between Yellow Vests and police, who pushed protesters away from the city centre. Authorities had reportedly previously forbidden any demonstration in the centre of Lyon.
France has been rocked by six months of weekly protests by the Yellow Vests movement, in which tens of thousands gathered on the streets every Saturday since November 2018 for a variety of grievances ranging from taxes on fuel to income inequality.
On Thursday, after weeks of several weeks of the so-called 'Grand Debate', in which Macron said he had taken note of the French people's grievances, he responded with commitments to put the climate at the heart of his policies, address tribalism and Islamism, as well as a rethink of European border policy.
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