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France: Yellow vest protests continue

France: Yellow vest protests continue in Toulouse (M6/CNN)

Crowds of "gilets jaunes" or "yellow vest" protesters gathered Saturday across France for a fifth consecutive weekend of demonstrations despite concessions this week by French President Emmanuel Macron.

But their numbers were lower than in previous weeks, with some perhaps appeased by Macron's promises, while others may have been deterred by cold, wet weather or shaken by the terror attack earlier this week on a Christmas market in Strasbourg.

By midafternoon Saturday, about 34,000 protesters had turned out across France, including more than 2,000 in Paris, according to the Interior Ministry.

Last week, some 77,000 protesters turned out across the country, including 10,000 in Paris.

Some 69,000 police officers were deployed across the country in anticipation of the protests, including 8,000 in Paris, the Interior Ministry said.

Police used tear gas on the Champs-Elysées in confrontations with protesters. Some were seen throwing rocks at security forces.

More than 100 people were in police custody for questioning early Saturday, Paris police said, much fewer than last week.

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