The Ministry of Interior reports roughly 23,000 people participated in the 24th installment of "Yellow vest" protests in Paris and other cities across France on Saturday, April 27. Acts of vandalism, arrests, and clashes with police were reported in Strasbourg, Lille, Toulouse, and Dijon - with at least 26 arrests reported nationwide. In Paris, roughly 2600 marched in two separate demonstrations; while the rallies were mostly peaceful, police arrested 11 people in the capital. Smaller demonstrations were reported in Lyon, Rennes, Nantes, Montpellier, Bordeaux, and Marseille.
Additional "Yellow vest" protests are to be expected across France over the coming weeks, particularly on Saturdays. A heightened security presence is to be anticipated near related demonstrations. Localized transportation and business disruptions are likely near protest sites, and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
The "yellow vest" movement began on November 17, 2018, to protest rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax. It has since grown to encompass a number of popular grievances against the French government. Some protests have turned violent and acts of vandalism and looting have been reported, although the scale of the protests has diminished since their height in December. Demonstrations have continued despite French government proposals to address protesters' concerns. President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of reforms on April 25, including closing corporate tax loopholes, income tax cuts, linking pensions to inflation by 2020, and reforms to referendum processes, among others.
Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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