Emmanuel Macron’s government is still struggling to handle the yellow vest protests, and seems to have settled on a tactic of waiting them out and jailing them:
France’s Yellow Vest protesters were back on the streets Saturday to keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron’s government and denounce the large number of people injured in demonstrations they say is the result of police violence.
Multiple protests were planned in Paris and other cities to denounce Macron’s economic policies, seen by critics as favoring the rich, for the 12th straight weekend of demonstrations.
This week, demonstrators in the French capital paid homage to those injured in the past months, denouncing the use of flashball riot control guns banned in much of Europe.
Between 10,000 and 13,800 protested in the capital according to police and independent media estimates. Riot police used tear gas to disperse some protesters who set bins and a scooter alight, although the situation remained relatively calm compared to previous weekends. Thousands also took to the streets in cities, including Tours, Valence, Marseille and Bordeaux.
The government says around 2,000 people have been injured in protests since the movement began Nov. 17, including at least four serious eye injuries. Separately, 10 people have died in road incidents related to yellow vest actions.
France’s Council of State ruled Friday that security forces have a right to use controversial high-velocity rubber ball launchers for crowd control.