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Anti-government yellow vest protesters on Saturday marched in cities across France for the 25th straight week.

Following the annual May Day march attended by thousands on Wednesday, the crowds at the yellow vest protests in Paris were lighter than on previous weekends.

Some 18,900 protesters took part in marches across the country, the Interior Ministry said. Of these, 1,460 were in Paris.

Several dozen people demonstrated at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport to denounce privatization plans.

“Many of them were shocked by the behavior and repression of last Wednesday,” Herve, one protester, told news agency Reuters. “So it’s not surprising to see that it’s lagging behind a bit regarding the turnout.”

Demonstrations were also held in cities around France, including Nice and Marseille, the Alpine town of Chambery and in Lyon, where ecologists and yellow vest protesters joined forces.

Broadcaster BFMTV reported minor clashes between protesters and police in Lyon. Police also fired tear gas in La Roche-sur-Yon, where protests in the town centre had been banned, FranceInfo reported.

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