[WATCH] 90,000 security personnel deployed in France as anti-government protests continue

Protests over fuel prices have been hijacked by interest groups with different demands

In previous weeks, French Police used teargas against protestors wearing masks (Photo:Reuters)
In previous weeks, French Police used teargas against protestors wearing masks (Photo:Reuters)

French anti-government protests have continued in Paris this weekend, although the streets of the French capital appear quieter than on previous Saturdays.

Earlier today About 1,000 people gathered on the Champs-Elysées and marched a short distance to a police cordon where they stopped.

Initially over fuel prices, over the past few weeks, the protests have morphed into a leaderless hodgepodge of interest groups with differing demands.

The "gilets jaunes" protesters are so-called because they have taken to the streets wearing the high-visibility yellow clothing that is required to be carried in every vehicle by French law.

There have been a few confrontations, but unlike last week no tear gas and no fighting.

Police were confiscating protestors’ gas masks, which they had used to protect themselves from tear gas launched by the authorities.

Police say at least 34 people have been detained at railway stations and in the streets, with nearly 350 stopped for identity checks.

About 65,000 security officers were deployed across the country last weekend, but that has been increased to 89,000, even though Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said he expected fewer protesters than last weekend, about 10,000 nationwide.

 

 

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