CARL AZUZ: So today Black Friday traditionally refers to America's busiest shopping day of the year. And retail analysts believe this year's holiday shopping season which runs from November 1st through Christmas Eve could set records. Some reasons? The U.S. economy is doing well. Unemployment is very low. There have been some increases in American's average income and all that likely factors into a projection from the financial services company MasterCard. It estimates that American's spent $23 billion on Black Friday alone. That's more than $70 for every person in the country.
The day after Black Friday was another day of large scale protests in France. It started last month as a campaign against rising gas prices.
That was one of the effects of the increase in crude oil prices seen in October and many French are also upset about tax increases on diesel and gas. That discontent grew to be in opposition to the government and policies of French President Emmanuel Macron. A protest organizer blames a small group of the extreme left and extreme right for the reason why some protests turned violent.