Updated: 12/12/2018 3:11:16 AM
President Emmanuel Macron's attempt to quell violent rioting across France by offering economic concessions to his countrymen -- expected to cost the country $11 billion -- appears to have been insufficient. Leaders of the "Yellow Vest" protest movement indicated Tuesday that Macron's offers were not enough, as hundreds of students staged a "Black Tuesday" of protests over Macron's education policies and voiced solidarity with the Yellow Vests.
Updated: 12/10/2018 2:14:06 AM
More than 1,700 people were arrested and 71 others injured on Saturday during violet protests in Paris, France.
"There was much more damage yesterday than a week ago" because Saturday's protests were more dispersed, deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told local radio. However, he added that there had been fewer injuries compared with last week.
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian responded angrily to US President Donald Trump, who on Saturday in tweets appeared to suggest the Paris Climate Agreement was the reason for the unrest. "I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be," Mr Le Drian said.
Updated: 12/9/2018 6:33:21 AM
Emmanuel Macron is facing mounting pressure to act to quell the anger dividing France after the latest gilets jaunes protests left 71 people injured in Paris and caused widespread damage. Paris monuments, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, reopened on Sunday as workers and shop owners started cleaning up after the protests.
The interior ministry said 1,220 people were taken into custody around the country during the latest protests.
Updated: 12/8/2018 3:13:51 AM
Paris is bracing for a day of “ultra-violent” unrest on Saturday as moderate figureheads of the “yellow vest” movement urged protesters to stay away from the French capital on Saturday. The city is preparing for lock down with a string of stores, museums and landmarks, including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Galeries Lafayette shut for security reasons. Luxury boutiques, restaurants and businesses on the Champs-Elysees and around the presidential palace are under orders to close. Many were being boarded up around the capital.
"According to our information, radicalized and rebellious people will try to mobilize tomorrow," warned interior minister Christophe Castaner.
An unprecedented 89,000 police and gendarmes will be deployed around the country on Saturday, a third more than last weekend, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of those riots - the worst since the 1968 student uprising.
Around 8,000 security forces will guard landmarks in Paris where rioters last weekend torched 200 cars, looted shops and vandalized the Arc de Triomphe. For the first time in decades, they will bring in 12 armored vehicles able to clear burning barricades.
Updated: 12/7/2018 3:09:21 AM
Tourist sites in Paris are to close on Saturday amid fears of further street violence from "yellow vest" anti-government protests. Across France, 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armored vehicles will be deployed in the capital, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced. Police have urged shops and restaurants on Paris's Champs-Elysees to shut and some museums will also be closed. Paris endured some of the worst rioting in decades last Saturday.
An official with the interior ministry told AFP news agency authorities were braced for "significant violence" on Saturday, with activists from both the far right and far left planning to converge on the capital. In an interview with TV channel TF1, Mr Philippe said 8,000 police would be deployed in Paris as well as a dozen armored vehicles.
The operator of the Eiffel Tower said the threat of violent protests on Saturday made it impossible to ensure "adequate security conditions". City authorities say they are stepping up protection for famous landmarks after the Arc de Triomphe was damaged last week. Culture Minister Franck Riester said the Louvre and Orsay museums, opera houses and the Grand Palais complex were among sites that would be closed.
Police have asked stores and restaurants along the Champs-Elysees and other major shopping streets to stay closed and to remove any outdoor items such as tables and chairs.
Updated: 12/6/2018 2:17:52 AM
The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday.
The “yellow vest” protests began on 17 November over the government’s plan to raise taxes on diesel and gasoline, but by the time Mr Macron bowed to three weeks of violence and abandoned the new fuel tax, protesters were demanding much more.
Many workers in France are angry over the combination of low wages, high taxes and high unemployment that have left many people struggling financially.
Three weeks of protests have caused four deaths, injured hundreds and littered central Paris with burned cars and shattered windows.
Updated: 12/5/2018 4:51:44 AM
Police detained a total of 412 people during the worst clashes in decades in the centre of the French capital which saw security forces pelted with stones, more than 200 vehicles torched and numerous shops vandalised.
According to AFP, the overwhelmingly male cast of characters, some sporting visible injuries, included many low-income people from provincial France who came to the capital to express their anger.
Updated: 12/4/2018 3:41:44 AM
More than 400 people were arrested on Saturday. Protesters smashed other statues in the monument and destroyed the gift shop inside the Arc de Triomphe.
More than 130 people have been injured, with one person in a coma. The government has not ruled out declaring a state of emergency.
Published Monday, December 3, 2018
The French authorities are considering all options of countering street riots in Paris, including declaring a state of emergency, French Government Spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told Europe 1 radio station on Sunday.
Several police trade unions have called on the government to impose a state of emergency to prevent violence next Saturday, the radio station reported.
In comments to this report, Griveaux did not rule out this measure, saying that "all options are on the table."
Mass protests, triggered by the rising fuel prices and taxes, flared up in France on November 17. The demonstrators are wearing yellow reflective vests for drivers.
This and last Saturday the demonstrations turned violent. At least 133 people were injured in clashes with police in Paris, including nearly 23 of them police personnel, AFP reported, citing the city police. More than 400 people have been detained, and 378 of them are in custody.
France's authorities announced that starting from January 1, 2019 petrol and diesel prices would rise by 3 euro cents and 6.5 euro cents, respectively.
One of the factors behind the price hikes is the government's move to introduce an environmental tax on greenhouse gas emissions.
Prime Minister Eduard Philippe said the government planned to keep the new tax despite the protests.
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