Around 200 “Yellow Vests” demonstrators protested in the western French city of Nantes, for what the movement has dubbed “Act 13” of their weekly demonstrations that have shaken President Emmanuel Macron’s authority.
Large numbers of riot police patrolled the streets of the city, firing tear gas at protesters and arresting at least two.
The interior ministry put the total number of protesters around France at 12,000, including 4,000 in Paris.
A police source, said numbers were higher, with 21,000 demonstrators taking part in rallies outside Paris.
The “Yellow Vest” demonstrators, named for high-visibility car jackets, began in mid-November over fuel taxes then broadened into a more general revolt against a political class they view as out of touch with common people.