French interior minister: Yellow Vests protests now under control

French interior minister: Yellow Vests protests now under control

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that the ongoing “yellow vest” demonstrations were now under control.

Speaking in a joint press conference with French Prince Minister Edouard Philippe, Castaner confirmed that 118 were wounded in Saturday’s protests while 17 security personnel were injured during the confrontations.

Authorities also confirmed that 1,350 protesters were arrested on Saturday. An estimated 31,000 people joined “yellow vest” anti-government protests across France on Saturday, deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez said, adding that 700 people had been detained earlier in the day.

French PM Philippe also spoke on Saturday after holding a security meeting with cabinet ministers in which he said that “time for dialogue with the Yellow Vests is still valid” and on the table in the coming days.

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