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France's Gilets Jaunes take to the streets for 18th consecutive weekend as President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up his Grand Debat on Friday.
Less than 30 000 people across the country turned out for the seventeenth weekend of protests
The interior ministry said it had counted 39,300 protesters nationwide compared to 46,600 people last week.
The Interior Ministry reported that around 5,600 people were protesting across the country at 2pm on Saturday - at the same time last week it was almost double that number.
For the movement's "Act XV", the Gilets Jaunes organised marches in Paris and other cities as well as a picnic at the Chambord castle and a protest at the UN.
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“We have guys, paramilitaries, who are ready to intervene,” said Christophe Chalencon, a key figure in the "yellow vests" movement. “Because they too want to topple the power."
Leader claims French and Italian people have common cause
As the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests) movement entered its 13th week of action, protesters clashed with police in Paris.
"Gilet jaune” (yellow vest) protesters took to the streets on Saturday for another weekend of anti-government action, as they paid homage to those injured by police in previous demonstrations.
Anti-government protesters faced off with French riot police in Nantes on Saturday (January 26) smashing street billboards in the 11th weekend of unrest that has shaken President Emmanuel Macron's authority.
Numbers down from December peak
Paris was not the only city where protestors were met with aggressive pushback. The movement's leadership is seeking new arenas and new momentum for its weekly demonstrations
The number matches those deployed at the height of the movement in mid-December.
The French government is seeking to crack down on unauthorised protests with tougher sanctions.
Marchers promise numbers will be up again once the Christmas holiday period is over.
The turnout at 'yellow vest' protests in Paris, France appeared lower than previous weeks, authorities said
Numbers are down along with incidents of violence & destruction but there's shock at the arrest of one of the Yellow Vest leaders in Paris.
Protesters from the "gilets jaunes" movement attempted to enter Euronews' headquarters in Lyon, France, on Saturday afternoon.
Numbers are down around France and with the exception of a couple of hotspots, protests have been peaceful as the Christmas holiday season hits its stride.