Over 200 Detained In France During 9th Yellow Vest Rally - Reports

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Over 200 Detained in France During 9th Yellow Vest Rally - Reports

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 13th January, 2019) As many as 240 people have been detained across France during the "yellow vest" anti-governments protests which have entered their ninth consecutive week, local media reported on Saturday.

The BFMTV broadcaster reported citing police that 200 of those detained were placed in police custody.

Some 84,000 people across France participated in the demonstrations, according to BFMTV.

The wave of the so-called yellow vest protests named after the obligatory attribute of French drivers started in mid-November. While the French government has scrapped its planned hike in diesel taxes, which is what initially sparked the protests, the "yellow vests" have evolved into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs. The rallies have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and the police.

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