Yellow vest protests: France’s Édouard Philippe seeks ‘unity’ after unrest


Peris : French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has vowed to “restore national unity” after violence broke out during a fourth consecutive weekend of protests.

Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday – the latest day of “yellow vest” demonstrations against fuel tax rises and high living costs.

Almost 1,000 people were taken into custody but the violence was not on the same level as a week earlier.

Discussions with peaceful protesters “must continue”, Mr Philippe said.

He added: “No tax should jeopardise our national unity. We must now rebuild that national unity through dialogue, through work, and by coming together.”