- Road blocks are back in place in many French regions
- However numbers protesting drop to around 10,000
- Interior Minister blasts the radicalisation of the movement
- Police ordered to clear the blockades
- Images show protesters burning motorway toll near Bordeaux
- Some 528 people have been injured since Saturday
- 92 police and gendarmes have been injured including 17 seriously
France's 'yellow vest' protests entered the fourth day on Tuesday but the movement appeared to be losing steam with only around 10,000 people still manning the barricades nationwide, down from nearly 300,000 on Saturday.
But the movement could easily gain strength at the weekend when further protests are planned with some calling for a mass blockade of Paris.
Protesters are determined to keep up the pressure on President Emmanuel Macron who they blame for a rise in the price of petrol and a loss of their spending power.
The French government has become increasingly concerned and frustrated that the movement has become radicalised.
After images were published online showing yellow vest wearing protesters burning a motorway toll at Virsac, the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner denounced a “total drift” of the movement suggesting that while it was mainly good natured on Saturday it has now become radicalised.
En Gironde, des gilets jaunes mettent le feu à des automates au poste de péage de Virsac pic.twitter.com/LNNB9AMlda
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“We can see today that there has been a “total drift” (dérive totale”) of a movement that was mainly held in good spirits on Saturday,” he told France 2 radio.
“We can see there is a radicalisaton with incoherent demands that are all over the place,” Castaner said.
The interior minister announced that 92 police and gendarmes had been injured.
Speaking on Monday evening Castaner appealed to protesters to end the road blocks.
“I make a solemn but firm appeal to protesters to carry on demonstrating if they wish but not to block or attack the people's freedom. The operations to clear the blockades will continue,” he said.