Paris: Yellow vest anger mixes with Notre Dame mourning

2019-04-20 12:12
The blaze at Notre Dame has sent a shockwave through France, but Levavasseur believes that the image of unbroken national unity felt in the aftermath of the fire is politically exploited by Macron. (Francois Mori, AP, File)

The blaze at Notre Dame has sent a shockwave through France, but Levavasseur believes that the image of unbroken national unity felt in the aftermath of the fire is politically exploited by Macron. (Francois Mori, AP, File)

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French yellow vest protesters are marching anew to remind the government that rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn't the only problem the nation needs to solve.

Multiple protest events are planned around Paris and other cities Saturday for the 23rd weekend of the yellow vest movement against wealth inequality and President Emmanuel Macron's leadership.

One group wants to march on the presidential palace despite bigger-than-usual police presence. Another is aimed at showing yellow vest mourning over the Notre Dame blaze while also keeping up pressure on Macron.

Many protesters were deeply saddened by the fire at a national monument. But many are angry at the $1bn in Notre Dame donations that poured in from tycoons while their own demands remain largely unmet and they struggle to make ends meet.

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