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Paris police ban 'Yellow Vests' demonstration set for Saturday

FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator wearing a yellow vest holds a French flag near Place de la Concorde during a demonstration against French government's pensions reform plans in Paris as part of another day of nationwide strikes and protests in France, January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

PARIS (Reuters) - French police on Friday banned an anti-government “Yellow Vests” demonstration planned for this weekend in central Paris.

Police said in a statement that Saturday’s planned demonstration could lead to trouble in the streets, with demonstrators planning to march near public institutions and tourist and shopping areas.

Since the “Yellow Vests” movement began in November 2018, demonstrations have frequently erupted into violence and clashes with riot police.

Although the scale of the protests has diminished since the worst of the troubles seen in December 2018, demonstrators have nevertheless continued to gather on Saturdays to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s government, whose policies they say favour the richest members of society.

Writing by Matthieu Protard