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Protests by 'yellow jackets' calmer, fewer numbers in France

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For the fifth week in a row, protesters took the streets in Paris but in a calmer manner and with fewer numbers.
Dec. 15 (UPI) — For the fifth week in a row, protesters took the streets in Paris but in a calmer manner and with fewer numbers.
Wearing their yellow vests, an estimated 2,200 people demonstrated in Paris compared with 10,000 the previous week, Sky News reported. About 66,000 still protested across France, according to the interior ministry’s count at 6 p.m. in the cold and rain.
“Yellow jacket” protests have targeted President Emmanuel Macron and his economic policies. The demonstrations were initially against planned tax hikes on gas but they have taken a broken criticism of Macron’s presidency, including his attempts to reform France’s troubled economy. In an effort to stop the unrest, Macron has announced a series of economic concessions, including canceling the fuel duty rise and announcing a rise in the minimum wage by $100 a month.

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