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Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:17 GMT

Eric Drouet, Main Leader Behind "Yellow Vests" Movement Arrested in France

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7Dnews London

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 21:36 GMT

French police has arrested a leader of the "yellow vests" Wednesday for organising a demonstration not authorised by the authorities in central Paris, according to a source in the prosecutor's office.

Drouet, who faces trial mainly for "carrying a weapon" in a previous demonstration, was stopped on his way to the Champs-Elysees Avenue, which witnessed violent clashes last month.

"This is called respect for the rule of law," Economy Minister Bruno Lemerre said Tuesday in his defense of the arrest measures that have drawn criticism from some left-wing opponents in the government.


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