Drouet was arrested for the "organization of a non-declared manifestation" late on Wednesday, the FranceInfo broadcaster, reported, citing a police source. The outlet added that Drouet and around 50 other people had arrived at the square to light candles for those injured during the Yellow Vest protests. Apart from the opposition figure, a lot of other participants of the campaign have been arrested for identity checks.
Notably, on December 6, Drouet suggested that the participants of the Yellow Vest protests should enter the Elysee Palace, which is the French presidential residence.
The yellow vest protests, named after hi-vis jackets worn by French drivers, sparked in November as a series of rallies against the fuel tax hike. Though the government has since backtracked on its fuel tax reform, the protests have grown into demonstrations against economic policies of French President Emmanuel Macron.
The protests have been overshadowed by violence between demonstrators and law enforcement.