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French ‘yellow vest’ protesters hit the streets for the 21st weekend

French ‘yellow vest’ protesters hit the streets for the 21st weekend
Protesters gather Saturday at Place de la Republique in Paris. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters from the ‘yellow vest’ movement took to the streets of France for the 21st straight weekend Saturday, with hundreds gathered for a march across Paris among numerous protests around the country.

Paris police have been more mobile and proactive in countering outbreaks of violence since the first Saturday of protests on Nov. 17, 2018. The Champs-Elysees avenue is off limits to protesters after it was hit by rioting last month.

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Hundreds gathered in Rouen, in Normandy, a past flash point, and hundreds more in eastern Paris at the Place de la Republique, before marching to the business district on the capital's western edge.

The yellow vest movement, demanding social and economic justice, has attracted dwindling crowds but still remains a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron.

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