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Yellow Vest protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the 'Yellow Vest' (gilets jaunes) movement in La Rochelle, southwestern France on March 23, 2019. Image Credit: AFP

Paris: An estimated 8,300 people had turned out for "yellow vest" anti-government protests across France by 1300 GMT, including 3,100 in Paris, the interior ministry said.

The figures suggest a marked drop from last weekend, when officials counted 14,500 demonstrators by mid-afternoon in France, with 10,000 in Paris, the scene of rioting and looting on the Champs-Elysees.