French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth Saturday

French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth SaturdayPARIS - 16 December 2018: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron's government, ignoring calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg this week.In Paris, police were out in force to contain outbursts of violence. Despite the protests, several major stores, such as the Galeries Lafayette, opened to lure in Christmas shoppers.Loic Bollay, 44, marching on the Champs-Elysees in a yellow vest, said the protests were more subdued but the movement would go on until the demonstrators' grievances were addressed. "Since the Strasbourg attack, it is calmer, but I think next Saturday and the following will come back. "The Interior Minister said around 69,000 police were active on Saturday with a reinforced presence in Toulouse, Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne.Official figures said 66,000 protesters had been counted in France by 1700 GMT, compared to 126,000 at the same time a week before.In Paris, some 4,000 protesters marched in splintered groups in several neighbourhoods, and at least 168 were arrested, a Paris police official said.On Friday, President Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of protests by the so-called 'yellow vest' movement against his government's policies. The demonstrations have hit growth and caused widespread disruption.

Source:Egypt Today

December 15, 2018 18:56 UTC

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