Thursday, 17 January, 2019

French Gilets Jaunes: Ministry broken into amid fresh protests

France’s ‘yellow vest’ protestors back on the streets Paris protesters try to revive yellow vest movement
Ellis Copeland | 08 January, 2019, 09:42

Several men driving a forklift truck also smashed open the doors to the ministry building of government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux in Paris, who denounced the break-in as an "unacceptable attack on the Republic".

President Emmanuel Macron has offered concessions; however, they are not almost enough in the eyes of many protesters; and as the protests continue, so does the occasional violence that follows it. She works 25 hours a week in a baker's. Macron said France "wants to build a better future" while imploring people to respect each other. One riverboat restaurant was set ablaze and a policeman was wounded when he was hit by a bicycle hurled from a street above the river bank.

Protestors walk by a burning trash can during a Yellow Vest anti-government demonstration in Lille, northern France, on January 5, 2019. Hundreds of protesters were trying to breathe new life into France's apparently waning yellow vest movement with marches in Paris and gatherings in other cities.

That's a steep decline from the first demos, which saw tens of thousands of protesters throughout the country toward the end of previous year.

Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters wearing bright yellow vests - dubbed the Yellow Vests - have gathered in major French cities, including the capital Paris, to protest Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes and the deteriorating economic situation.

French "yellow vest" protesters with a sign reading "Injustice dictatorship stop".

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For Macron's government, it was the scenes of violence that marked the day, as protesters clashed with police on the Seine riverside and a pedestrian bridge.

Public anger has on occasion been directed at the media, seen by some as too close to the government.

On Wednesday, a key figure in the yellow vests movement was arrested for allegedly organising an illegal demonstration.

Protests against fuel taxes began in rural and small-town France in late November, but then mushroomed into a wider revolt during December against the policies and governing style of 41-year-old Macron.

The protests have caused the biggest political crisis of his 20-month presidency.

The movement, which became known as the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests), broadened to include issues involving families' struggle to make ends meet, with calls for higher wages, lower taxes, better pensions and easier university entry requirements.

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