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French ‘Yellow Vests’ see turnout dwindle on fifth weekend of protests

Benoit Tessier, Reuters | Yellow Vest protesters in Paris on December 15, 2018.
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Defiant "Yellow Vest" demonstrators faced off with tens of thousands of police around France on Saturday, but the movement appeared to have lost momentum on a fifth weekend of protests.

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  • The interior ministry said 66,000 protesters had been counted across France, down from 125,000 last week
  • Police in Paris fired water cannon and teargas to disperse groups of protesters in sporadic clashes on the Champs-Elysées and adjacent streets
  • Brief clashes were also reported in the cities of Nantes, Bordeaux and Toulouse, but elsewhere the protests were largely peaceful
  • President Emmanuel Macron had urged protesters to hold off after a terrorist attack in Strasbourg earlier this week
  • Facing the biggest test of his presidency, Macron announced a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the crisis that swelled up from rural and small-town France last month

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