France’s Yellow Vests Seek Show of Strength for Anniversary.
French “yellow vest” protesters are planning a series of nationwide demonstrations this weekend in a bid to show the government they can still muster support on the first anniversary of their movement.
Numbers attending the protests and levels of violence have sharply diminished in recent months from the height of the movement, which began on November 17 last year with a giant Paris protest that drew almost 300,000 people.
But the yellow vests want the actions on Saturday — their traditional day for protests — and also Sunday — the anniversary day — to show President Emmanuel Macron they remain a force to be reckoned with.
Around 200 demonstrations are planned, with authorities expecting several thousand to rally in the capital.
This estimate includes a few hundred radical protesters from the ultra-left and far-right, often behind the worst scenes of mayhem.
France has a long tradition of violent protest, but the ferocity of last winter’s demonstrations and allegations of police brutality shocked the country.
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