Hundreds of Women Rallying in Paris During ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

A Yellow vest protester is attended by others after being injured during a rally in Nantes

Macron's government has been shaken by the unrest, caught off-guard when in November the yellow vests began blocking roads, occupying highway tollbooths and staging violent invasions of Paris and other cities on weekends.

Police said some 3,500 demonstrators turned up on the Champs-Elysees on Saturday morning.

Twenty-four hours later, he was fleeing his office out of a back door as protesters invaded the courtyard and smashed up several cars. My daughter earns 800 euros ($911) a month. Smoke and tear gas wafted above the Orsay Museum and the gold dome of the French Academy as riot police, almost invisible at the start of the demonstration, moved front and centre when protesters deviated from an officially approved path.

Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters wearing bright yellow vests - dubbed the Yellow Vests - have gathered in major French cities, including the capital Paris, to protest Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes and the deteriorating economic situation.

Women also marched in other cities around France.

On Saturday, protesters reiterated a call for Macron to resign.

A burning boat moored next to Orsay Museum is seen during a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris, France.

Public anger has on occasion been directed at the media, seen by some as too close to the government, a widespread phenomenon across the West.

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The movement's leader Eric Drouet was arrested for a second time late on Wednesday.

It's named after the fluorescent protective gear French motorists must keep in their cars.

The government would not relent in its pursuit of reforms to reshape the economy, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Friday, branding the remaining protesters agitators seeking to overthrow the government.

The government has deployed police around France to deal with the protests, backed up by specialist response units, sources told AFP.

French President Emmanuel Macron did not specifically refer to the forklift incident, but tweeted his condemnation of the "extreme violence" against "the Republic, its guardians, its representatives and its symbols".

Their numbers have fallen since Macron announced concessions in mid-December that included hiking the minimum wage and canceling a planned fuel tax increase that had sparked the first protests in November.

Global reports Saturday said protesters called for the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron, as Macron's popularity reportedly hits an all-time low.

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