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French yellow vest protesters hit streets for 21st weekend

Yellow wests protesters rally in Paris, France, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The demonstrators are undeterred by protest bans or repeated injuries in 21 weeks of demonstrations, marching again Saturday in Paris and other cities to keep pressing President Emmanuel Macron to do more to help working classes, redesign French politics or step down altogether. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

PARIS — Protesters from the yellow vest movement are taking to the streets of France for a 21st straight weekend, with hundreds gathered for a march across Paris, one of numerous protests around the country.

Paris police have fine-tuned their strategy of being more mobile and proactive to counter eventual violence since the first Saturday of protests Nov. 17. The Champs-Elysees avenue is off-limits to protesters after it was hit by rioting last month.

Hundreds gathered in Rouen, in Normandy, a past flashpoint, and hundreds more in eastern Paris at the Place de la Republique, the start of a march to the business district on the capital’s western edge.

The yellow vest movement, demanding social and economic justice, has attracted dwindling crowds but still remains a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron.

The Associated Press