Dec 2, 2018

Macron visits defaced Arc de Triomphe after Paris riots

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French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday — one day after it was covered with graffiti from protestors who are furious with the country's fuel tax hike and high living costs, AP reports.

The backdrop: This was the third weekend in a row Paris has experienced riots involving activists who wear fluorescent yellow vests, and Saturday's demonstration in the city center was one of the worst in a generation.

Details: The movement started in early November, first centered around a fuel tax increase, though it's now ballooned into a larger push against French policies that the protestors say favor the rich and wealthy, CNBC reports.

  • On Saturday, 133 people were injured and 412 arrested, according to Paris police.
  • 23 police officers were injured in the disturbances.

What to watch: Macron held an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday and has considered ordering a state of emergency across the country.

Cars were left in the streets. Remnants were charred.

Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images.

Go deeper: Emmanuel Macron's approval rating dips below 20%

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Unemployment rate falls to 13.3% in May

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May, with 2.5 million jobs gained, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The far better-than-expected numbers show improvements in a job market devastated by the coronavirus pandemic as economies reopen, the government said.

The difficulty of calculating the real unemployment rate

Data: U.S. Department of Labor; Note: Initial traditional state claims from the weeks of May 23 and 30, continuing traditional claims from May 23. Initial PUA claims from May 16, 23, and 30, continuing PUA and other programs from May 16; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The shocking May jobs report — with a decline in the unemployment rate to 13.3% and more than 2 million jobs added — destroyed expectations of a much worse economic picture.

Why it matters: Traditional economic reports have failed to keep up with the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and have made it nearly impossible for researchers to determine the state of the U.S. labor market or the economy.

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How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The NBA's Board of Governors approved Thursday the league's 22-team plan to resume play at Walt Disney World — a plan that also includes tentative dates for both this season and next.

Why it matters: The league's proposed trip to Disney World not only impacts this season but could have a domino effect that impacts seasons in the future — and could permanently change what time of year the NBA plays its games.