'Hundreds of 'pink vests' joined those in traditional yellow for marches in Paris on Saturday, marking the 17th straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations despite attempts by French President Emmanuel Macron to quell discontent with a nationwide series of debates.
Protesters wearing the neon high-visibility vests that have come to symbolise the movement were joined by others donning pink tops, as childcare workers turned out against a reform of their unemployment subsidies.
Other gatherings were planned on Saturday in several French cities such as Bordeaux and Toulouse as well as smaller towns such as southerly Puy-en-Velay.
Some demonstrators staged a 'flashmob' at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, waving French flags and dancing in one of the terminals, television footage on BFM TV showed.
What started out last November as a backlash against Macron's plan to hike fuel taxes - part of his bid to push a cleaner energy model - has morphed into a broader movement decrying the government as out of touch with the hardships faced by some households and low-income workers.
Turnout has dwindled since nearly 300,000 people took part in road blockades and marches across France on Nov. 17, coming in at 46,600 last Saturday according to the interior ministry.
But protesters have carried on nonetheless, with few signs of a halt in demonstrations any time soon. The latest turnout figures were not yet available.'
Read more: Now it's the Gilets roses! Yellow vest activists are joined by pink-jacketed childcare workers and gender equality campaigners on the streets of Paris for the 17th consecutive weekend of anti-Government protests
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