Yellow vest protesters are planning rallies in several French cities despite a national debate launched this week by President Emmanuel Macron, aimed at assuaging their anger.
This Saturday, 19th January, marks the tenth straight weekend of yellow vest protests, and will test whether Macron's debate is diminishing the momentum of the movement. A march is starting at the iconic Invalides monument in Paris, home to Napoleon's tomb, to honour hundreds injured since the movement kicked off on November 17th. Paris is deploying 5,000 police around the capital, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees, the stage of recent violence. The protests started over fuel taxes but became a broader revolt against economic problems in France.