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Hours after he flew back to the French capital from the G-20 summit in Argentina, Macron held an emergency meeting at the Elysee presidential palace while crews worked to remove charred cars, broken glass and graffiti from the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue and other top Paris sites.

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In Photos: Riots in Paris Over Rising Fuel Taxes Worst in Decade

The protests against increased taxes and living costs devolved into France’s worst urban riot in a decade.

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French President Emmanuel Macron asked for an evaluation of possible protest security measures on Sunday, 2 December, a day after a Paris demonstration against increased taxes and living costs devolved into France’s worst urban riot in a decade.

Some radical far-right and far-left activists were involved in the riot, as well as a "great number" of protesters wearing yellow jackets, Paris police Prefect Michel Delpuech said.

The fluorescent jackets, which French motorists are required to have in their cars for emergencies, are an emblem of a grassroots citizens’ movement protesting fuel taxes.

Paris police Prefect Michel Delpuech said some officers described encountering “unprecedented” violence, including protesters using hammers, gardening tools, bolts, aerosol cans as well as rocks in physical confrontations.

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