Yellow vest protesters target French media as movement ebbs

Yellow vest protesters target French media as movement ebbs

Yellow vest protesters target French media as movement ebbs

The initial protests were against a new fuel tax which was later suspended by the French government.

Shocking images show the iconic tower masked by a covering of smoke and cars engulfed by burning flames sit abandoned on the roadside as demonstrators continued their stand off with authorities. Clashes also took place between the authorities and protesters in Paris and Nantes.

After he was sacked when a video emerged of his beating a May Day protester, Alexandre Benalla returned to the spotlight in France this week, under scrutiny over his recent consultancy work and unauthorised use of diplomatic passports.

In the southern port city of Marseille, some 900 "yellow vests" - named after the garments that drivers have to carry in their cars in case of emergency - marched through town, while another 900 were set to demonstrate in Bordeaux in the afternoon, local police said.

Protesters spilled on to tram lines and lobbed projectiles at police who replied with tear gas grenades and detained several people. However, turnout was down from previous weeks.

Anger at his domestic policies brought more than 280,000 people on to the streets on November 17 in the first of a series of anti-austerity protests.

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The focus of the protests has morphed from anger over fuel taxes to a broad rebuke of Macron, accused by critics of neglecting the rising costs of living for many in rural and small-town France.

But yellow vests kept re-grouping after every clash. There were others too, hurling stones, and descended on the offices of TV network BFM and the state-run France Televisions.

What has been dubbed the "seventh act" of the yellow vest protesters ended in violence, plunging the French capital into chaos once again.

On Thursday, about 40 people wearing the bright-coloured vest drove to Fort de Brégançon, where Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte spend their summer holidays.

"The yellow vests are still mobilized", said Laetitia Dewalle, one spokeswoman of the protest movement which does not have a traditional leadership structure.

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