>> France's yellow vest demonstrators gathered in Paris on Saturday to hold their first protest of 2019. After a peaceful start in the Place de la Bourse, the afternoon brought more drama. A motorbike was set ablaze in the city center, and here, thick smoke billows from a riverboat restaurant on the Seine, also alight.
Saturday's protest marks the eighth weekend in a row demonstrating against rising costs of living and French President Emmanuel Macrons' economic policies, which they perceive as favoring the wealthy. But their numbers have been dwindling. Saturday's demonstrations were a far cry from the thousands that choked the Champs-Elysees at the beginning.
On Friday, the French government dismissed the protesters as agitators, a toughening stance against the movement. Faced with record low popularity ratings, Macron is expected to pen a letter soon to the nation setting out his plans for the coming months.