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Yellow vest movement continues French protests, but on smaller scale

The demonstrators have dwindled in numbers following concessions made by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The yellow vest protesters, picture on December 22, have in previous weeks brought chaos to the streets of Paris and other French cities (AP)
The yellow vest protesters, picture on December 22, have in previous weeks brought chaos to the streets of Paris and other French cities (AP)

Small groups of so-called yellow vest protesters have gathered in Paris and elsewhere in France, but momentum for their movement appears to be waning.

A few dozen gathered on Saturday on the elegant Champs-Elysees, the scene of rioting amid the protests earlier this month.

Police are monitoring the protesters, but both police and demonstrators appeared to be out in much smaller numbers than previous weekends.

The demonstrations have targeted French President Emmanuel Macron, who has ceded to several of their demands for tax relief and other economic help.

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A march takes place before the Arc de Triomphe (AP)

However many people remain frustrated with his pro-business leadership and are continuing to stage roadblocks at roundabouts around the country.

The yellow vest movement began on November 17 as a protest against fuel taxes and is named after the fluorescent protective gear French motorists must keep in their cars by law.

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