The French government says it's cracking down on the violent protests that have become almost routine in some French cities.
Every weekend since mid-November, tens of thousands of 'yellow vest', or 'gilet jaune' protesters have rallied against rising fuel taxes, high living costs and the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron, which they see as favoring the wealthy.
Last Friday (January 4), the government dismissed them as 'agitators' trying to topple the government.
Now, it says it's cracking down on the movement - with plans to toughen laws on unauthorized protests.
To potentially include the sort of individual banning orders currently used against known soccer hooligans.
The Prime Minister says people should also pay for the damage they cause...
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, EDOUARD PHILIPPE, SAYING:
"We need to preserve the right to protest in France and we must sanction those who do not wish to respect that right."
It's a shift in approach for Emmanuel Macron's government.
His popularity ratings are at a record low, with recent polls suggesting only a quarter of French people approve of his presidency.
Last month, he tried to appease the protesters with promises of tax cuts, wage rises and the scrapping of planned fuel tax increases.
But his concessions failed to stop calls for his resignation.
Macron is now preparing to set out economic and employment plans for the country in the next few months.