Clashes in fresh France ‘yellow vest’ protests

Last Updated: Mar 24 2019 11:16
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According to the sources, In France, clashes broke out in the latest yellow vest protests in different cities on Saturday.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, more than 40,000 people took to the streets for a 19th consecutive week of anti-government protests.

Police said, at least 70 people were detained in the capital while around 50 were given fines for protesting in the outlawed sectors.

The yellow vest movement, which backs greater support for struggling French workers and retirees, appeared diminished Saturday after last week’s destruction and violence further alienated supporters.

The protests started four months ago, targeting French President Emmanuel Macron and the economic elite they feel he epitomizes.

Protest bans were also in effect in the centres of Toulouse, Bordeaux, Dijon, Rennes and the southern city of Nice.

At least 75 people were arrested for defying the ban at Nice's Garibaldi square. Clashes also broke out in other cities including Bordeaux, Nantes and Montpellier.

The "yellow vests" protests, named after the high-visibility vests French drivers have to keep in their cars and worn by protesters, began in November after public anger against fuel tax rises.

The movement has morphed into a broader backlash against Macron's government, despite it scrapping the fuel taxes, and it has often been marred by violent clashes and looting.