The government deployed a massive police presence on Saturday as it feared yellow-vest supporters would take advantage of authorised protests over climate change and pension reform to cause disruption in the French capital.
Officials in the southern city of Montpellier said around 2,000 people gathered in the city centre — organisers put their numbers at closer to 5,000.
Is France finally being scrutinised for the violence perpetrated on Yellow Vest protestors?
The protests began in mid-November over higher fuel taxes, which were subsequently scrapped, and have since morphed into a broader demonstration against the government.
The Yellow Vest movement, mostly white and rural, is feeling the brunt of what ethnic minorities have endured and French society has largely ignored: police brutality.
Paris will introduce legislation in February to toughen sanctions on undeclared protests in response to violent yellow-vest demonstrations.
The response of the Macron governments to the Yellow Vest movement has seen as an escalation of state violence targeting the most vulnerable parts of the population.
By pandering to far-right discourse on immigration and Muslims, Macron masks the real issues facing France, which are based on economic inequality and racism.
The number of protesters demonstrating in Paris keeps going down sharply as appeal for sixth straight Saturday protest across the country appeared to fall on deaf ears.
Some 15,000 protesters including high school students and retirees seeking better wages, public services and social protection came out to protest.
French police have officially confirmed the man thought to be behind the killing of three civilians has been shot dead, ending a two day manhunt.
Accused of committing violence in the past, residents of the country's vast suburbs are no longer silent over the government's economic policies as they begin to show up at yellow vest protests, causing more worries for the Macron administration.
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