The protesters chanted various versions of “Fake news journalists come down,” and “Macron out!” at the TV station which one protester told RT France spreads false information about the movement, while purposefully understating the size of its demonstrations.
Saturday’s protesters were met with tear gas and a heavy police presence, which has become part and parcel to the violent demonstrations of weeks past.
Police fired tear gas at “yellow vest” demonstrators in Paris on Saturday but the turnout for round seven of the popular protests that have rocked France appeared low.
Several hundred people wearing the symbolic hi-visibility vests had gathered near the offices of France Televisions and the BFM TV channel in the centre of the capital shouting “Fake news” and calling for the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron. – France24
Protesters reportedly torched several cars next to the TV station, with the smoke visible against the Eiffel Tower.
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Separately, French police deployed tear gas in the city of Rouen in Normandy during a tense stand-off with demonstrators.
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On Thursday a group of Yellow Vest demonstrators attempted to storm French President Emmanuel Macron’s summer retreat, though it is unclear if he was present at the time. Macron came under fire for a $39,000 swimming pool he had installed at the coastal fort.
The Yellow Vest protests began over a planned fuel-price hikes linked to climate change measures, however they soon evolved into a general protest against the Macron government. While the fuel hikes were temporarily postponed for six months, protesters continue to call for Macron’s resignation.