PARİS — A prominent figure of the French yellow vests has gone on trial in Paris for allegedly organizing illegal demonstrations, as the movement prepares for a 14th consecutive weekend of protests.
Eric Drouet was arrested for organizing demonstrations on Dec. 22 and Jan. 2 in Paris without declaring them to authorities.
He acknowledged he didn’t follow the rule, saying Friday he doesn’t consider himself a protest organizer. The Paris prosecutor requested a 500-euro ($563) fine and a one-month suspended prison sentence. The court’s decision will be announced on March 29.
"Yellow vest" protesters walk toward a burning makeshift barricade during scuffles with riot police as they keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, in Paris, France, Feb. 9, 2019.
Drouet is a known figure of the movement, repeatedly calling for demonstrations on social media.
Yellow vest protesters are planning new protests on Saturday and Sunday in Paris and other cities to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies.
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