Thousands of "yellow vest" protesters assembled in Paris Saturday for a fifth consecutive weekend of demonstrations. Additional smaller assemblies gathered elsewhere around France, and some 69,000 police officers — 8,000 of them in Paris alone — were deployed to respond. The demonstrators are protesting high taxes and cost of living in France, the administration of French President Emmanuel Macron, and more. They are now calling for a citizens' referendum. "We are protesting peacefully," said yellow vest representative Maxime Nicolle, "but, Mr. President, give us back our freedom and our sovereignty!"

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