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Who Are France's Yellow Vest Protesters And What Do They Want?

Nicknamed for the safety vests worn by protesters, the yellow vest movement has sparked a political crisis for the French government. In Paris, demonstrations turned into riots over the weekend.
Demonstrators gather near the Arc de Triomphe during a protest on Saturday in Paris. Source: -

As part of his environmental policy strategy, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a green tax on fuel last month to go into effect Jan. 1. The move set off nearly a month of protests around France. The French interior ministry estimates 136,000 protesters turned out across the country over the weekend, in addition to 280,000 in previous weeks.

Nicknamed for the safety vests worn by protesters, known as the yellow vest movement has sparked a political crisis for the French government. The protests started in the French provinces but spread to Paris,

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