PARIS | France: Festive celebration in Paris; Macron defends agenda

PARIS  | France: Festive celebration in Paris; Macron defends agenda

PARIS — Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated New Year’s Eve on Paris’ Champs-Elysees avenue in a festive and joyful atmosphere amid heavy security.

Parisians and tourists gathered on the avenue known for luxury shops and refined air to watch a 20-minute light show at the Arc de Triomphe monument and a fireworks display at the start of the new year. At midnight, revelers kissed and hugged each other.

Some people wearing yellow vests could be seen peacefully standing in the huge crowd.

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