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WATCH French students gripped by Yellow Vest protest spirit OVERTURN cars in Toulouse

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Dramatic footage of French students rampaging through the streets of Toulouse, overturning cars and clashing with police, has emerged online.

The video taken in the southern French city captured the trail of destruction. It shows a group of high school students, some of them masked, lifting and rocking a parked car before it finally tips over. As the camera pans down the street, it reveals that other cars have already suffered the same fate, as the students continue to march on in search of more targets.

The scene is typical of actions taken by students in cities across France since Monday, with thousands taking part in street demonstrations. However, they quickly turned violent with students burning cars and building barricades as riot police moved in to quell the dissent.

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Organized by the National Union of High School Students (UNL), the protests aim to overturn educational reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron.

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These include the elimination of core subjects like science, social studies, and literature, as well students having to choose specific degrees sooner. The government also wants to change the criteria for the BAC grade, the examination required to go to university.

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The student clashes with police mirror that seen in the recent wave of nationwide Yellow Vest protests, which aimed at overturning a proposed increase in fuel prices.

The scale of the violence and destruction wreaked at its latest demonstration in Paris and Toulouse on Saturday prompted the government to hold an emergency meeting on the issue, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announcing a six-month moratorium on any increases on Monday.

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