The fifteenth Saturday of the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement, on February 23 gathered more people compared the previous week.
The Ministry of the Interior reported
that 46,000 people were counted throughout the day across the country,
including 5,800 in Paris. In comparison to the previous week, 41,500 people
participated in gatherings which took place in Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse.
Protests were also organized all
across France, with hundreds marching in Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Rouen,
Rennes and Pau.
In Clermont, clashes took place in a
shopping street in the city and the CRS had to make use of flashballs. In Bordeaux, the rally went ahead
The Interior Minister condemned the
violence that took place in Clermont-Ferrand, Rouen and Montpellier.
In Toulouse, Gilets Jaunes protesters
targeted an Amazon warehouse on the outskirts of town and blocked deliveries.
The Yellow Vests distributed leaflets that read “Amazon destroys jobs and the
Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron
attended the International Agriculture Fair in Paris on the same day of the
The embattled President and globalist
stalwart vowed to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions
undermined by aggressive foreign trade practices that treat food as a
“product like any other.”
Macron’s speech was intended to allay
the fears of farmers who felt neglected by the government in favor of the urban
elites. Macron proposed using block
chain technology to trace the source of food and putting Europe in the
“avant-garde of agricultural technology.”
Eric Drouet, one of the prominent
figures in yellow vests protests, tried to approach the president at the event.
“Dialogue [between the yellow
vests and the government] was broken some time ago. We came to see what the
president had to say”.
However, Drouet was not able to speak
to Macron and later joined the Paris march.
When the Yellow Vest movement began
in November 17, 2018, an estimated 282,000 people participated.
However, it has been observed that
the turnout gradually diminished as the movement progressed.
Violent protests as well as the
inability of the group to solidify under one common cause or leader may have
contributed to dwindling public support.