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WATCH: Utter anarchy on Champs-Elysees as Paris erupts in fiery protests over fuel prices

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Paris police fired tear gas and water cannons on Saturday during a street battle with thousands of protesters who gathered in rage over rising car fuel prices and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies.

The so-called “yellow vest” protests across France started last week.

As nightfall came to Paris, fires and explosions hit Champs-Elysees avenue, which is in the middle of Christmas shopping season.

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According to CNN, the protests started over fuel prices but have escalated because Macron now has only a 25 percent approval rating and the nation’s economy is struggling.

“This is not the scene you would expect on a Saturday night,” a CNN reporter said.

Video posted by onlookers showed flames shooting several stories into the air, explosions rocking entire blocks and firefighters turning their hoses on to blast protestors.

Watch CNN’s report live from France below.

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Here’s why Trump is right — a recession would likely doom his re-election

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President Donald Trump is worried that there will be a recession before the 2020 election. For once, he is right about something.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

"The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well. Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession," Trump tweeted on Friday in a clear attempt to assuage concerns. "They are willing to lose their wealth, or a big part of it, just for the possibility of winning the Election. But it won’t work because I always find a way to win, especially for the people!"

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The religious right’s embrace of the GOP and Trump is driving people away from the church: Christian author

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Appearing on CNN to promote his book "The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power over Christian Values,” conservative columnist Ben Howe explained that the symbiotic relationship between an increasingly radicalized Republican Party and evangelical leaders is making people considering becoming Christians reconsider. Speaking with host John Berman, Howe -- who stated that he is the son of a Southern Baptist pastor who had ties to Jerry Falwell Sr. -- said the evangelical alignment with Trump -- despite all of the baggage he carries which Christians previously found offensive in former President Bill Clinton -- has been off-putting to people on the fence when it comes to joining a church.

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Christian conservative explains ‘deal with devil’ between Trump and evangelicals

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Evangelical Christians have been President Donald Trump's most loyal base of support. But the president offended their sensibilities at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, during which he allowed the crowd to chant "Send her back!" after he falsely accused Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of anti-semitism.

But as The Politico reported, they weren't mad about the president goading his supporters into shouting about throwing a U.S. citizen out of the country. They were offended because Trump said, "Goddam" and used other profanities.

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