TEHRAN (Press Shia) – "Yellow vest" protesters gather on the Champs-Elysées in Paris for the first time this year and in the 8th week of the demonstrations.

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The French news agency AFP released a video of the demonstrators who are gathering near the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

The demonstrators are also gathering around symbolic squares in France's major cities, insensitive to the government's concessions and the major national debate that will open in mid-January to bring out demands.

The wave of so-called yellow vest protests — named after the obligatory attribute of French drivers — started in France in mid-November.

The French government has scrapped its planned hike in diesel taxes that initially sparked the protests, but the yellow vests have since morphed into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs.

In December, Macron introduced a number of measures aimed at resolving the nation's economic and social crisis and declared a state of economic and social emergency. The proposed measures included annual bonuses for employees and exemptions from increased social security tax for pensioners earning less than 2,000 euros (over $2,200) per month.