French government counts 8,300 ‘yellow vest’ protesters

The ‘yellow vest’ protests started in November over opposition to Macron’s planned fuel tax hikes. (Reuters pic)

PARIS: An estimated 8,300 people had turned out for “yellow vest” anti-government protests across France by 1300 GMT, including 3,100 in Paris, the interior ministry said.

The figures suggest a marked drop from last weekend, when officials counted 14,500 demonstrators by mid-afternoon in France, with 10,000 in Paris, the scene of rioting and looting on the Champs-Elysees.