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French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron's policy response is the result of a three-month-long national debate.
Emmanuel Macron launched his 'Grand National Debate' on Jan 15 to try end the biggest crisis of his presidency.
Police in Paris fired teargas to disperse a crowd of hardcore demonstrators at the Trocadero square, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, though most of the marches in the capital were peaceful.
Two weeks ago, the 'yellow vest' protests revved up again, erupting into major rioting and looting on the famed Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris.
Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who erected barricades near the Champs-Elysees in scenes reminiscent of some of the tensest 'yellow vest' rallies.
After 17 weeks straight, the 'yellow vest' protestors are beginning to lose momentum as the interior ministry put turnout rates across France at 28,600, the lowest since the movement began.
'Yellow vest' protestors were joined by others donning pink tops, as child-care workers turned out against reform of their unemployment subsidies.
Demonstrations have generally gotten smaller since a peak in December when the French capital saw some of the worst rioting, vandalism and looting in decades.
French President Emmanuel Macron and others from across the political spectrum condemned the attack.
Demonstrating for the 14th consecutive weekend, 41,500 people turned out across the country.
A poll this week shows dwindling support for the demonstrations, named for motorists' high-visibility jackets, which began in November over fuel taxes.
Supporters argue that boxer's punches were just retribution for police brutality.
Volunteer medics at the National Assembly say that a man had had his hand ripped off during the clashes between police and protesters.
Jerome Rodrigues' lawyer fears he will be "handicapped for life" after he was injured in clashes with police in Paris on Saturday.
Protesters threw firecrackers, bottles and stones at police who responded with water cannon and tear gas to push them back.
Macron is pinning his hopes on the debate to quash the image of a leader out-of-touch with the concerns of people in rural France.
Journalists covering the protests are increasingly becoming a target for the demonstrators.
At around 11.00 am (1000 GMT), thousands of protesters gathered near the Gare de Lyon train station for a march towards the Arc de Triomphe.
Officials have warned they expect this weekend's anti-government demonstrations to be bigger and more violent than a week ago.
French president Emmanuel Macron is pledging tax cuts for pensioners and minimum wage increases that will cost France a whopping 8-10 billion euros.
The interior ministry put the number of protesters at 50,000, compared with 32,000 on December 29 when the movement appeared to be weakening.
This is the eighth Saturday of protests called by the grass-roots movement.
The protesters have repeatedly clashed with police in Paris and other big French cities, plunging the government into crisis.
Police have fired tear gas grenades and detained several protestors.
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