FLASH: The French do not want financial globalization, will not back down, as 15-M French are living in misery
Protesters from France’s yellow vest movement marched Saturday for a 17th weekend running in Paris and other cities to maintain pressure on the government to reverse policies they see as favoring the rich.
A water cannon contained several hundred protesters who remained on the Champs-Elysees and wanted to leave the security perimeter.
The march, which began at the Arc de Triomphe, at the Top of the famed avenue, looped through both sides of the Seine River before ending at the top of Luxembourg Gardens on the Left Bank.
Marches were also held in numerous cities around France, including Bordeaux, which has a strong contingent of yellow vest protesters, Lille, and Le Puy-en-Velay, in south-central France, where hundreds joined from other regions. Many shopkeepers there boarded up their businesses in advance to protect their goods.
The movement, named after the emergency vests the French are required to keep in their cars, held its 1st nationwide protest on 17 November. The main complaint then was fuel tax hikes, but that has expanded to an array of demands. Calls for a citizens’ referendum is now among top demands on the list.
The grassroots movement has been a major challenge to President Emmanuel Macron, 41 anni, who has organized national debates around the country many of which he attends, responding to questions. He has also offered a multibillion-Euro package of measures to appease them.
But determination has not slowed for many and a larger showing is widely expected at next week’s protests marking 4 months of marches and coinciding with the end of President Macron’s 2 months of debates.