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Yellow Vest Protestors Clash with Police in Paris

PARIS — Violence flared up Saturday on the streets of Paris for the 23rd weekend of yellow vest protests, marking a resurgence of the movement, but it was largely contained by a heavy police presence. Around 9,000 demonstrators turned up in the French capital, according to official estimates, convening on the Place de la Republic, to the east, while the Avenue des Champs-Elysées was cordoned off from protestors, in lockdown mode with boarded up store fronts.  Demonstrators were also not allowed to approach the Notre-Dame Cathedral, feared to be a target following criticism of the outpouring of donations to repair the fire-ravaged landmark. Pledges of hefty financial support from some of France’s wealthiest families fed into some of the anger fueling the protest movement, with critics saying it was a sign that the country’s elite, ruling classes are more concerned about material goods than helping people suffering from declining living standards. French President Emmanuel Macron, the main target of yellow vest protestors who frequently chant for him to resign, has managed to take some of the steam out of the movement, holding a series of town hall discussions over the past two months to gain public input for a series of government measures to

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Lauder to Donate to Notre Dame Efforts

The Lauder family and the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. has pledged $2 million to the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral. “Notre Dame is symbol of unity and culture, and we are deeply saddened by this tragedy. As a company with a strong presence in France, and a great admiration for our many partners there, we are committed to help,” said Nancy Mahon, SVP, global corporate citizenship and sustainability at Lauder. “This extraordinary cathedral is a symbol of what is good and beautiful and enduring in the world. We are honored to be able to contribute to ensuring Notre Dame not only endures, but is returned to her magnificence.” The announcement comes at a time when French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing to expedite the reconstruction of Notre Dame. The fashion and beauty worlds have been amongst the most active in pledging contributions to the efforts. By late Tuesday, according to AFP calculations, contributions from the private sector had surpassed 700 million euros.

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