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Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

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Yellow vest activists are urging French citizens to empty their bank accounts and spark a massive run on French banks in their long-standing fight with the government. Ahead of a ninth straight weekend of planned protests in Paris and across France, yellow vests are issuing calls on social media for massive cash withdrawals from banks. Protesters hope the move will force the government to listen to their demands, notably their call for more direct democracy through the implementation of popular votes that allow citizens to propose new laws. Activist Maxime Nicolle called it the "tax collector's referendum." In a video message, Nicolle said "we are going to get our bread back ... You're making money with our dough, and we're fed up."Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Yellow vest protests 'economic catastrophe' for France

Yellow vest protests 'economic catastrophe' for France

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The "yellow vest" protests have been "a catastrophe" for the French economy, the finance minister says.France has seen four consecutive weekends of demonstrations against fuel tax rises, high living costs and other issues.About 125,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday, with more than 1,200 taken into custody. President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce anti-crisis measures in an address to the nation on Monday.Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called the situation "a crisis" for both society and democracy."It's a catastrophe for business, it's a catastrophe for our economy," he said during a visit to shops in Paris that had been damaged during the protests.The capital was particularly badly hit, with windows smashed...