By  on December 15, 2018

PARIS — While the “gilets jaunes” antigovernment movement drew far fewer protesters and was much less violent on Saturday than on Dec. 8, strict security measures and store closures still hampered shopping less than two weeks before Christmas.

Certain areas of the French capital, which had seen five consecutive Saturdays of demonstrations, were cordoned off to traffic during much of the day, including the tony Avenue des Champs-Élysées, home to stores such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Sephora, and Place de l’Opéra, which is just steps away from two of the city’s main department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.

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