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France’s yellow vests stage new protests for anniversary

Yellow vest activists are staging fresh protests across France to mark the birth last year of their movement for economic justice, a day after scuffles between Paris police and activists marred the anniversary.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner deplored Saturday’s violence on CNews television. He said Paris police had detained 173 people.

Authorities said about 28,000 people marched across France on Saturday, including 4,700 in Paris. Yellow vest activists said there were 44,000.

A yellow vest protester wearing a vest that says "we love our planet blue", faces French riot police during a yellow vest demonstration at the l'Étoile road toll lanes marking the one year anniversary of the yellow vest movement near Marseille, southern France, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2019. Some protests have clashed with police as yellow vest protesters are marking a year of protests, seeking what they see as economic justice for the French people with changes in government policies. (AP PhotoDaniel Cole)

On Sunday, dozens of protesters briefly gathered under the dome of Paris’ Galeries Lafayette store to denounce consumer culture.

On Nov. 17, 2018, hundreds of thousands of people blocked traffic around the country to protest a fuel tax hike. The sometimes-violent protests have increasingly vented anger at President Emmanuel Macron’s policies, who is seen as favoring the rich.

Tear gas envelopes protesters during a yellow vest demonstration marking it's first anniversary, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Tear gas and water cannon were used Saturday as Paris police sought to disperse yellow vest protesters marking the first anniversary of the birth of their movement against government policies seen as favoring the rich. (AP PhotoMichel Euler)

Police approach a barricade made by protesters during a yellow vest demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the movement in Marseille, southern France, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Police are deployed around key sites in Paris as France's yellow vest protesters prepare to mark the first anniversary of their sometimes-violent movement for economic justice. (AP PhotoDaniel Cole)

French riot police officers face protesters during a yellow vest demonstration marking it's first anniversary, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Tear gas and water cannon were used Saturday as Paris police sought to disperse yellow vest protesters marking the first anniversary of the birth of their movement against government policies seen as favoring the rich. (AP PhotoMichel Euler)

People and visitors are blocked by French riot police officers in front of the Place de la Concorde, as the French capital was placed under high security for a yellow vest demonstration marking the first anniversary in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Paris police fired tear gas to push back yellow vest protesters trying to revive their movement on the first anniversary of the sometimes violent uprising against President Emmanuel Macron and government economic policies. (AP PhotoKamil Zihnioglu)