France: Protesters Take to Streets for 19th Week Amid Gov’t Clampdown

HeadlineMar 25, 2019

In France, “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets for the 19th straight week of anti-government demonstrations, days after the French authorities announced a clampdown on the movement, including banning marching on the Champs-Élyseés and other areas, and the deployment of military forces. The “yellow vests” have called out French President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business economic policies and are calling for fair wages for working- and middle-class citizens, as well as heavier taxation on the wealthy. This is a demonstrator from Paris at Saturday’s protest.

Yellow vest protester: “Macron does nothing for us, for his people. On the contrary, he’s against his people. He prioritizes everyone else, not those who are French, not the French people, even those who are working and getting squeezed dry.”

Over 200 arrests were reported across the country over the weekend, along with some clashes between police and protesters.

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