Eric Drouet, one of the leaders of the “Gilets Jaunes”movement, has been arrested on Wednesday evening. The confirmed judicial circles, the news Agency dpa. Also, the French media reported about the arrest.

Drouet have set up with about fifty other yellow West candles at the Place de la Concorde to commemorate the Wounded of the movement, told the station France Info. Accordingly, he was arrested for organizing a non-notified Demonstration. On TV-pictures is a tussle between police officers, demonstrators, Drouet, and journalists.

The truck driver Drouet is one of the most famous representatives of the yellow West, and has already been taken at a Demonstration in December. He calls for new protests by the movement and is not without controversy. Drouet had triggered a controversy when he claimed during a TV show, with demonstrations in the Elysee Palace.

opposition politicians condemned the arrest

The left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon praised Drouet profusely in a blog post. “May this year be your year and that of the people, is sovereign again,” wrote Mélenchon, under the title “Thank you, Mr Drouet”. Opposition politicians condemned the arrest and accused the police of abuse of power.

Since the middle of November, the yellow have organized the West, in France, repeated mass protests and road blocks. The movement is no political bearing, any trade-Union or party to assign. Originally, she was against to high fuel prices. Finally, it became a protest movement against the policies of the French President, Emmanuel Macron.

The demonstrations Macron brought enormous distress. The President announced in a televised address concessions. It is a reform package, which however was less extensive than initially announced.

aev/dpa