Keyword: 'yellow vests'
But the demonstrations - on the 29th weekend in a row since they first erupted last November - passed off largely peacefully.
Public prosecutor Rémy Heitz said that after investigations into 174 incidents, police officers would be sent before the courts by end of the year.
On the 28th rolling Saturday of demonstrations by the so-called 'yellow vest' anti-government movement protesting falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners, and demanding greater say in policy-making decisions, the interior ministry said nationwide turnout had plunged to 11,500, the lowest so far, while the movement claimed 35,000.
French interior ministry figures put turnout for the 26th consecutive weekend of nationwide marches by the so-called 'yellow vest' anti-government movement, protesting falling living standards for low- and middle-income earners, at just under 19,000 on Saturday, suggesting the numbers are bottoming out after nearly six months of demonstrations.
The fabricated claim that the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris was attacked by protestors during the traditional May Day demonstrations was a lie too far by a government that denies the reality of its own unpopularity, writes Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel. Its downward authoritarian spiral, he argues, is making it an accomplice in the destruction of democratic ethics.
Downturn in protestor numbers could be a relief to President Macron, who made policy proposals to address the issues raised by the movement.
The Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris has been at the centre of a major controversy after incidents that took place there in the aftermath of this year's annual May Day demonstrations. Throughout the evening of May 1st and into the following morning, several members of the government and senior health managers in Paris insisted the well-known hospital had been “attacked” by violent demonstrators. Yet in fact there was no such attack: instead, a few dozen protestors sought refuge in the hospital's buildings to escape police tear gas and charges. There was no threatening behaviour from protestors towards hospital staff and none of them damaged the premises. However, some were later hit by the police. Now interior minister Christophe Castaner has formally retracted his use of the word “attack”. Dan Israel reports.
On Tuesday April 30th 2019, a 19-year-old woman formally lodged a criminal complaint with the Marseilles prosecution services against unnamed persons for attempted murder, aggravated assault and failure to assist a person in danger. This followed an incident on December 8th 2018 when, on the fringes of a demonstration by 'yellow vest' protesters in the southern French port city, 'Maria' – not her real name – was kicked in the head and struck with batons by police officers, according to several witnesses, as she lay injured on the ground. She suffered a skull fracture and brain damage. Pascale Pascariello reports.
Demonstrators from a march who entered the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital said they were just seeking refuge from tear gas fired by police.
Protesters back on French streets two days after president set out proposals including tax cuts worth around €5billion in response to protests.
New measures to address 'yellow vests' protests include tax cuts, a reform of the civil service and the introduction of proportional representation.
Macron to hold first-ever full domestic news conference to outline series of reforms drawn up in response to the 'yellow vest' protests.
The 'yellow vest' movement of anti-government, ant-elite protests over living standards for low- and middle-income earners held its 23rd day of nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, which passed off peacefully in many towns but was marked in Paris by violent clashes with police, while contested interior ministry estimates said fewer people took part than last weekend.
French news agency AFP interviews 14 out of an estimayed 23 people who lost sight in an eye after apparently being hit by police rubber bullets fired during the past five montghs of 'yellow vest' protests around the country.