French yellow vest protests planned despite Macron outreach

PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest protesters are planning rallies in several French cities despite a national debate launched this week by President Emmanuel Macron aimed at assuaging their anger.

A prominent and provocative protester promoted a march yesterday starting at the Invalides monument in Paris, home to Napoleon’s tomb, to honour hundreds injured since the movement kicked off on November 17. Ten people have been killed in protest-related traffic accidents.

Paris is deploying 5,000 police around the capital, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees, stage of recent violence. Thousands of other police are fanned out nationwide.

Saturday marked the 10th straight weekend of yellow vest protests, and will test whether Macron’s debate is diminishing the movement’s momentum. The protests started over fuel taxes but became a broader revolt against economic problems.

Police remove yellow vest demonstrators staging a sit-down protest in Souillac, southern France, ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit. – AP