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IN PHOTOS: ‘Yellow vest’ protests paralyze France, spill over into Belgium and the Netherlands

Click to play video: 'Police use water cannon against Yellow Vests protesters in Paris'
Police use water cannon against Yellow Vests protesters in Paris
WATCH: Police use water cannon against Yellow Vests protesters in Paris – Dec 8, 2018

What started as a Facebook campaign against fuel tax increases has spiraled into a protest movement which paralyzed the French capital of Paris before spilling over into Belgium and the Netherlands.

Over 89,000 police were deployed across France on Saturday — some 8,000 in Paris alone — as authorities faced raging crowds of yellow-vested protesters.

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The so-called “yellow vest” movement is named for the fluorescent jackets carried by French motorists.

WATCH: Full coverage of the ‘yellow vest’ protests on Globalnews.ca

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Cars have been burned, shops looted, tear gas fired and arrests made — and the protesters don’t appear to be going away anytime soon, despite the French government announcing that it will be suspending fuel tax increases for six months.

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Here are some photos that show the scale of the “yellow vest” protests:

— With files from Reuters

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