“Yellow vests” again took to the streets of Paris, arrests continue: what is happening in France

The participants of the protest “yellow vests” in Paris again took to the streets and go to the Champs Elysees, according to the French TV channel BFMTV. Popular unrest in France continues for the fifth consecutive weekend.

About two thousand people gathered near the station of Saint-Lazare, in the squares of the Republic and the Opera. From here, the yellow vests go towards the Champs-Elysées. Traffic is blocked. More than 70 people in Paris and the suburbs have already been arrested.

Recall protests caused by rising fuel prices began in different regions of France on November 17. Demonstrations turn into mass riots. During the protests over the past three weeks, 4 people were killed.

The French authorities in early December made concessions and officially imposed a moratorium on the rise in prices for gasoline and diesel fuel for the entire 2019 year.

Last Saturday 10 thousand people took to the streets of Paris. Across France, 125 thousand “yellow vests” protested.

On Monday, President Emmanuel Macron made an appeal to the nation and said that he would start large-scale reforms in the country, taking into account the votes of all segments of the population (as it turned out later, only economic reforms were meant), raise the “minimum wage” by 100 euros (protesters demanded 500 euros), as well as abolish taxation on some types of pensions and work for the poorest.