'Yellow vest' protesters take to the streets of Paris for the first time since lockdown

ARMED riot cops pass a blazing car set alight by “yellow vest” protesters in Paris.

The demonstrators took to the street for the first time since the lockdown to rage against fuel taxes and demand economic reform.

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Police fired tear gas and arrested 220 rioters, named after the hi-viz jackets many wear.

Some protesters worse black clothes and could be seen carrying the flag of an anti-fascist movement.

The return of the protest movement comes as France grapples with a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

Daily cases of Covid-19 reached a record high on Thursday of nearly 10,000.

Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced plans to speed up testing and toughen measures in certain cities as the government seeks to avoid a repeat of the spring's nationwide lockdown.

Police urged demonstrators to respect the virus measures in Paris, where it is compulsory to wear a face covering in the street.

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