Demonstrators draw attention to the fact that the plight of Notre-Dame has elicited more concern than their own

Riot police and protesters fought running battles in the centre of Paris on Saturday as anti-government gilets jaunes demonstrators led street marches over what they called a crisis of high taxes and inequality.

Less than a week after the fire that destroyed the roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathedral, firefighters rushed to put out multiple small fires around the Place de la République, as motorbikes, bins, bicycles and cars were set alight on roads and pavements. Groups of masked men threw projectiles and police fired teargas. Some rioters in masks smashed the window of a sports shop and ran in to loot it.

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