Driver killed in crash at French 'yellow vest' protest


The violence was captured on video by a journalist who was present at the scene and the images quickly went viral.

Calls for Macron's resignation were made again on Saturday, Sputnik reported, as 800 yellow vest protestors took to the streets in the Montmartre region, while other demonstrators blocked the passage between France and Spain with a giant French flag.

Police had arrested around 60 people in the capital by 11.00 am (1000 GMT) compared with 500 at the same time last weekend, according to figures released by the local government.

A week ago, about 66,000 people joined nationwide protests during the day, about half the number that had participated a week earlier, and well below the more than 300,000 on the first "Day of Action" on 17 November.

Scuffles have broken out in the French capital between police and yellow vest protesters.

Macron has promised "the most severe" punishment for the offenders, while Prime Minister Edouard Philippe denounced the "incredible violence towards the police".

"It needs harmony, unity, honest commitment to strong collective causes and we must heal the divisions", said the 41-year-old centrist, who has struggled to tamp down the anger of the working poor in small-town and rural France over falling spending power and policies seen as tilted towards the rich. Tempers frayed and police with batons fired tear gas to repel a few demonstrators trying to break through the officers' line.

The French national Assembly approved the proposals of the President of Emmanuel Macron to the participants of mass protests in the country.

Driver killed in crash at French 'yellow vest' protest
Driver killed in crash at French 'yellow vest' protest

Two journalists covering the Boulou rally for France 2 television said they were "violently" attacked by the protesters.

What is the yellow-vest movement?

French stores reported an average drop-off of 25% in sales compared with the same period a year earlier, junior economy minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher told French TV.

Most of the deaths occurred in traffic accidents related to blockades in November and December, according to Le Parisien newspaper and CNN reporting.

But only a few protesters showed up in Versailles.

The "gilets jaunes" rallies were triggered by the French government's plan to increase the fuel tax, triggering a backlash from motorists, who adopted the mandatory yellow visibility vest as their symbol.

Outside Paris, groups of "yellow vests" continued to occupy roundabouts to slow down traffic, and there were jams on the A6, A7, A61 and A64 motorways in southern France.

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