Thousands of protesters marched through Paris on January 27th, demanding an end to the violence witnessed during "Yellow Vests" rallies that have rocked France for weeks with angry protests against President Emmanuel Macron's rule.
In a counter demonstration about 10,000 people turned out in a peaceful afternoon procession in eastern Paris that ended in Bastille square, a day after an 11th consecutive Saturday of "Yellow Vests" demonstrations across France provoked sporadic clashes with police, Reuters reports.
Participants, some wearing red scarves after the name of the counter-movement, displayed slogans like "stop the violence" and "hands off my Republic."
The "Yellow Vests" protesters, who wear the fluorescent jackets French motorists are required to have in their cars, took to the streets in November to oppose a fuel tax rise. Their movement then developed into a broader revolt against the government.
The interior minister said around 69,000 people attended the latest Saturday protests, including 4,000 in Paris, a lower turnout than the previous weekend.
To help quell discontent, Macron launched a series of public debates this month that he has promised will lead to changes.