Number of ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters falls
PARIS – In the 13th straight weekend of “Yellow Vest” demonstrations in France, protesters showed no sign of letting up pressure on the government and did not appear appeased by concessions by President Emmanuel Macron.
There were scattered acts of violence as protesters and police clashed in marches in Paris and southern French cities Saturday. Scuffles broke out near the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and the National Assembly.
Motorcycles and trash cans burned as throngs moved in a wave through Paris, and protesters set fire to a car in front of the Eiffel Tower belonging to an anti-terrorism unit.
One protester was severely wounded when he tried to pick up a “sting-ball grenade” used by police to disperse crowds and it exploded in his hand.
But the number of protesters who took to the streets in the capital and in southern France was lower than in previous weeks. Some 51,000 people marched across France on Saturday, according to police, about one-fifth as many as turned out for the first Yellow Vest demonstration, in mid-November, and down from 84,000 in mid-January.