Thousands of people have marched across France for ‘Act V’ of the Yellow Vest protests. Despite French President Emmanuel Macron calling for a “return to calm” yesterday in a national address and the Strasbourg terror attack thousands of ordinary French men and women took to the streets. Several unions and opposition politicians had called on protesters to stay off the streets.
However, although the mood was “calmer”, only small and heavily localised clashes took place, and the numbers were smaller, organisers claimed that the movement would continue to take to the streets until all its demands were met which now include the resignation of the deeply unpopular Macron.
Loic Bollay (44) marching on the Champs-Elysees in the iconic yellow vest, said: “Since the Strasbourg attack, it is calmer, but I think next Saturday and the following Saturdays…it will come back.”
Another protester suggested more wanted to protest than actually turned out. Pierre Lamy, a 27-year-old industrial worker, said: “We’re here to represent all our friends and members of our family who can’t come to protest, or because they’re scared.”