PARIS (AP) – Thousands of people wearing yellow vests started marching in the streets of Paris as others were gathering in the central French city of Bourges amid high security measures as authorities feared possible violence between police and protesters Saturday.
Paris police say 24 people were arrested Saturday before the protests started, primarily for carrying potential weapons.
Meanwhile, yellow vest protesters were also gathering in Bourges, a provincial capital with a renowned Gothic cathedral and picturesque wood-framed houses, where online groups mounted calls through the week for actions.
Other protests are planned in several French cities Saturday, but many actions aren’t officially declared in advance and pop up in unexpected places.
Last Saturday, authorities estimated 50,000 people protested nationwide, including 3,500 in Paris.