By  on December 22, 2018

PARIS  — The yellow vest protest movement in France retreated further Saturday with fewer demonstrators than previous weekends, but flare-ups of violence prompted calls for peace and order from the country’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

“At the time of the end-of-year celebrations, our country needs order, calm and peace,” said Castaner, in a video message posted late Saturday. The minister noted government buildings, police and firemen were attacked in cities across the country throughout the day, with patches of violence in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris in the morning as well as its famed Avenue des Champs Elysées in the evening.

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