The French government was on Sunday hoping the sharp drop in “yellow vest” demonstrators signalled an end to protests which have plunged President Macron into the biggest crisis of his presidency. Around 66,000 protesters turned out again on Saturday for a fifth round of anti-government demonstrations, which sprung up over fuel tax hikes last month. The figure was about half the number of the previous weekend, suggesting “the end of a cycle of mobilisation”, according to Jerome Saint-Marie of pollsters Pollingvox.
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