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The yellow vest protests began three months ago (Image: Getty Images)

Rivals lose patience over Yellow Vests – ‘We no longer tolerate it!’

Yellow Vest protesters in Paris on Saturday, the 13th consecutive weekly demonstration.CreditCreditSameer Al-Doumy/NurPhoto, via Getty Images

Their numbers are dwindling, but the Yellow Vest protesters continue to bedevil the government of Emmanuel Macron.

Firemen work to battle blazing cars in Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon in scenes that are becoming familiar in Macron's France.

Yellow Vest activist’s HAND is torn off amid horrific scenes of violence between police and protesters in Paris

In essence, the people’s revolt against Macronism speaks to a profound crisis of legitimacy among the 21st-century political class and a willingness within the public to kick up a fuss about things they might previously have been silent about.

The ‘gilet jaunes’ — or yellow-vests, after the hi-vis vests they wear — are in rebellion against Macron’s hikes in fuel tax.

One of the 'yellow vest' protesters, wearing one of the 'gilets jaunes' after which the movement is named, waves a French flag by the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday morning.

Fresh violence in Paris as riot police use tear gas and batons to fight back masked fuel protesters near the Arc de Triomphe