France’s yellow vest movement marks one year of protests

PARIS (AP) — Police were deployed around key sites in Paris as France’s yellow vest protesters prepared to mark the first anniversary of their sometimes-violent movement for economic justice.

Protesters hoped to breathe new life into the yellow vest movement with actions yesterday around the capital and at traffic circles around the country.

Dozens of police in riot gear guarded the Arc de Triomphe overlooking the Champs-Elysees avenue, a scene of weekly rioting and police crackdowns at the height of protests last year.

The grassroots uprising started over a fuel tax hike and erupted into a nationwide outpouring of anger at policies seen as favouring the rich — and especially at centrist French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron backed down on the fuel tax and offered EUR10 billion in measures to address protesters’ concerns.

French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace. PHOTO: AP