The "yellow vest" protests, named after the brightly colored safety jackets French drivers have to keep in their cars and worn by demonstrators, began in November after public anger spilled onto the streets to protest the government's neoliberal economic policies adversely affecting the poor.
"I am pushing on (with protesting), so that salaries, the minimum wage can be increased to 1,500 euros net, because once we're done paying rent, electricity and all the rest - there's not much remaining for food, for leisure, for holidays, said Julien, a currently unemployed humanitarian volunteer, to Reuters. We can't even go on holiday. For me, it's been five years that I haven't taken holidays."
Demonstrators Saturday said they would continue to protest over Macron's policies.
"We're still (fighting) for purchasing power, at this moment, for everyone; because we take into account that he (President Macron) has offered some small things, but often it's what's been previously taken away," said Sebastian, a postal service worker. "In fact, what he's re-offered, just allows people to maybe reach a level that they had before, that was maybe not enough. Right now, what we want is more, and not just to restore what had been previously taken away."
The city of Dijon, in central France, also witnessed violent clashes.