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Updated:  This story has been updated to indicate that South African travellers have not been disrupted by the recent nationwide protests.

Half of the tourists who were in Paris this last weekend (November 30-December 2) have cancelled their reservations, or left the country early as a result of ongoing protests, according to the French Union of Restaurateurs and Caterers.

However, local tour operators told eTNW that South African travellers have not been disrupted by the recent nationwide protests.

BBC News reports that French citizens are protesting against rising fuel taxes and economic reform in, what have been deemed, 'the country's worst riots since 1968'.

On Saturday (December 1), on the Champs-Elysées in central Paris, police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon, while protesters hurled projectiles and set buildings on fire. Nearly 190 fires were put out and six buildings were set ablaze, according to France's interior ministry.

The ministry also said 136 000 people had taken part in Saturday's protests nationwide, with over 400 rioters arrested and 150 people hurt in Paris during the weekend, the third consecutive weekend of protests.

President Emmanuel Macron chaired an emergency meeting on Sunday afternoon (December 2) to discuss the French government's response.

eTNW will keep readers updated at this story progresses.



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