"Yellow vest" demonstrators near the Arc de Triomphe monument were knocked to the ground by a Paris police water cannon on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.

Protesters had gathered around the 19th-century monument, many of them calling loudly for Macron to resign.

They were met with tear gas fired by riot police after they were pelted with stones and paint, witnesses said.

By mid-afternoon there had been no major clashes with police unlike in previous weeks. In Paris over 50 people were arrested, some for carrying objects that could be used as weapons. (Reuters)

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