Nov 20, 2022 08:38 UTC

Yellow vest protesters have clashed with riot police in Paris, as the French anti-government movement marked its fourth anniversary, protesting host of issues, including high cost of living.

According to Press TV, demonstrators gathered in Place de la Bourse on Saturday and marched towards Place Anne-Marie Carriere, as "yellow vest" protests against the government of President Emmanuel Macron took place across the country.

Over the past three months, French major trade unions have staged several mass demonstrations in Paris and hundreds of other locations across France to call for higher salaries amid soaring cost of living.

Videos circulating on social media show police pushing back the demonstrators in Paris on Saturday, using tear gas and batons against the protesters.

The yellow vest movement, which started in France on November 17, 2018, in response to fuel price hikes and deteriorating economic conditions, continues with protests against a range of social and political issues.

Protests are often accompanied by riots and clashes with the police, especially in the first two years of the demonstrations, with French police violence against protesters and journalists occurring on numerous occasions.

Last week, nationwide strikes initiated by the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) union resulted in severe transport disruptions in Paris and other major French cities. Demonstrators included workers from such sectors as transport, education, healthcare, energy, trade and manufacturing, as well as supporters of the Yellow Vests movement.

Unions have staged strikes across several sectors in recent weeks seeking pay hikes or increased hiring as spiraling energy costs feed into widespread inflation.

In France, gas pumps have been running dry as workers' strikes continue in the refineries of the major French oil companies. Currently about a third of French gas stations are facing a shortage or lack of gasoline which has caused problems for millions of French drivers.

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