Anti-govt. rally in Paris protests rising prices

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in the French capital to protest government policies, including measures against soaring gasoline prices.

About 1,000 people from across the country gathered in central Paris on Saturday, to mark three years after the first "yellow vest" protest was held to challenge President Emmanuel Macron's administration.

Participants said the government's response to the surge in energy prices was insufficient. They also criticized the COVID-19 measures.

An organizer of the rally said gasoline prices have risen 25 percent since the start of the protests three years ago, hitting households hard.

One participant in her 50s said prices have risen further in the past three years and people's lives are getting worse. She vowed to continue the protests until the situation improves.

The "yellow vest" movement forced the French government to suspend the fuel tax hike and reduce income taxes.

How to reduce burdens on households will likely be a focal point in the run-up to the presidential election scheduled for next April.