80 injured including 16 police as protests in France end up in clashes

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Update : Paris police says at least 80 people have been injured, including 16 police officers, in violent protests in the center of the French capital.

Police also say 183 people have been arrested in violent clashes Saturday between police and protesters angry over rising taxes near the city’s famed Champs-Elysees Avenue and several other Paris streets very popular with tourists.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted her “indignation” and “deep sadness,” saying that violence is “not acceptable.”

Riot police and protesters have clashed in central Paris during a third weekend of nationwide “yellow vest” rallies sparked by rising fuel prices.

BBC reports that police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon on the Champs Elysees while masked protesters hurled projectiles at officers.

What began as protests over President Macron’s fuel tax has transformed into general anger at high living costs.

Earlier this week, he tried to strike a conciliatory tone , saying he was open to ideas about how the fuel tax could be applied.

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