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A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration in Paris
Paris looks 'less yellow' this Saturday as only several hundred people descended on the avenue amid a heavy police presence. This time a week ago the number of protesters was much higher and rallies resulted in heavy clashes.

At least 92 people have been detained and 53 taken into police custody in Paris, police said. By this time last Saturday the number of detentions had already reached 500.


As in previous weeks the Yellow Vests have started spreading across other French regions. In the city of Nimes in southern France demonstrators set barricades alight on a toll road.


In Toulouse, which saw violent clashes last week, authorities have deployed Gendarmerie armored vehicles.


France is gripped by the fifth consecutive weekend of Yellow Vests rallies, named after the high-visibility clothing drivers are required to keep in their vehicles. This Saturday, demonstrations are being held with motto '[Emmanuel] Macron's resignation'.
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Protesters wearing yellow vests gather in front of the Opera House as part of the "yellow vests" movement in Paris
Protesters are gathering on the Champs-Élysées, which has seen four weekends of clashes between rioters and police. However, unlike the previous four protests, the number of Yellow Vest protesters is relatively low. As of this morning, at least 25 people have been detained across the Île-de-France region, police revealed.

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French Gendarmes stand near The Arc de Triomphe before a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris
Armored vehicles belonging to the Gendarmerie - France's military police - have been spotted near the Arc de Triomphe, the site of the fiercest confrontations between protesters and police.
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Police have flooded Paris to contain the rallies, which may turn violent. The security forces have placed around 8,000 officers on the streets of the capital to quell fears of rioting.


Comment: RT has fallen into confluence with the rest of the media on this issue. The police aren't there to quell anything, much less 'fears' or rioting - they're there TO CAUSE violence rioting, which can then be filmed from the pre-placed network TV cameras and broadcast to the world as 'nasty mobs'.


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Protesters wearing yellow vests take part in a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris
People initially protested fuel price hikes due to come into force this January. The government has since abandoned its plans, but the demonstrators continued, demanding more concessions, including lower taxes and a higher minimum wage.


Violence at the protests, especially in the capital, has hit record levels, with several dead and hundreds of protesters injured. Police officers have also suffered injuries. The number of those detained throughout the protests has surpassed 4,500.

At least 95 people have been detained in the capital, with 63 being placed in custody, according to the latest figures.


Over 33,000 people gathered nationwide for the protests, the Interior Ministry said. Some 2,200 of them rallied in the capital, which is five time less than last Saturday.