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France: Yellow Vests Beckon New Year, Seize City Streets

  • Yellow vests protest in central Paris, France, Dec. 22, 2018.

    Yellow vests protest in central Paris, France, Dec. 22, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 January 2019

For the eighth Saturday in a row, French "Yellow Vests" occupy public spaces to protest against President Macron's neoliberal policies.

Thousands of citizens across Paris, Toulouse, Toulon, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Strasbourg, and many other cities in France vow to continue the national protests, in defence of their social and other rights, Saturday. The 'Yellow Vests' movement launch the eighth demonstration against President Emmanuel Macron's adjustment policies.

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"Show the movement is not over" is the motto circulating on social networks, according to a report from Europe1, a French media, which further explained that the Yellow Vests seek to put more pressure on Macron, especially following the arrest of one of their 'megaphones.' 

Specific actions and events are expected to be incorporated in the demonstrations in Paris and the other regions. 

In the capital of France, a 'white march' will take place near the Pantheon. A gathering has also been planned for the Champs-Elysees and Town Hall and National Assembly protests are scheduled.

Yellow Vests also plan to march through Saint-Michel - Notre Dame, the Musée d'Orsay and the Ile de la Cité, which is an island in the Seine river.

Additionally, according to Europe1, “France is Angry” (La France en colère) - an open letter to Macron - will be read publicly across the country.

According to an Odoxa Dentsu Consulting survey released on Jan. 3, some 55% of French citizens want the Yellow Vests to continue to organize and effect protests.

About 54% of the surveyees said an increase of purchasing power is a top priority, 45% want to see a reduction in poverty and 41% want lower taxes.

At the beginning of 2019, the French Government's approval rating remains low, with only 25% of citizens "satisfied" with the Macron Administration. 

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