Emmanuel Macron

Protests engulf Paris a week after Notre Dame fire

Man protesting in Paris against economic inequality
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After nearly $1 billion was promised by wealthy French families to swiftly restore the Notre Dame Cathedral that went up in flames last Monday, Yellow Vest protesters convened for the 23rd consecutive week, setting the streets ablaze, denouncing the hypocrisy of the elite and disappointment with the government for letting the country's working-class to struggle, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Details: Nearly 9,000 people rallied, using the week's tragedy as a platform and gathering for what began as a peaceful protest, but became violent as the activists smashed windows, set cars on fire and clashed with officers, reports Al-Jazeera. Parisian authorities used water cannons, stun grenades and tear gas, detaining 137 people by early afternoon and spot-checking more than 14,000 people. 

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Notre Dame fire: Emmanuel Macron wants cathedral rebuilt in 5 years

Emmanuel Macron
France President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a prime-time address on Tuesday that he wants to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral within 5 years and that "it will be more beautiful than before."

Backdrop: The fire that ravaged the Parisian landmark on Monday caused hundreds of million of euros in damage. French companies and wealthy families pledged up to €900 million for its restoration. After this period of grieving for the historic structure, Macron called for action to rebuild.

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