French authorities are rapidly preparing for a weekend of “major violence” as ‘Yellow Vest’ protests plan countless demonstrations across the capital; preemptively shutting down the famed Eiffel Tower before Saturday’s clashes.
“French authorities will close dozens of museums, tourism sites and shops on Saturday, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, fearing a recurrence of last week’s violence in Paris, officials said on Thursday,” reports NBC News.
“We cannot take the risk when we know the threat,” said Culture Minister Franck Riester.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed Thursday that his government will deploy upwards of 89,000 ‘security forces’ to assist police as the demonstrations take place throughout the country.
“Paris police asked dozens of shop and restaurant owners around the Champs Elysees and Bastille areas to close on Saturday and requested local authorities in 15 areas around the capital to remove anything in the streets that could be used as projectiles,” adds the article.
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MACRON SURRENDERS: France Moves to Permanently ‘Abandon’ Climate Tax After Protests
French President Emmanuel Macron officially “abandoned” his proposed “fuel tax” Wednesday; with government officials confirming the leader rescinded the tariff after widespread protests.
His Prime Minister told reporters the “tax is now abandoned,” adding the administration is “ready for dialogue” to avoid future violence surrounding the policy.
“One of the activists leading France’s protest movement says that he fears more deaths if Saturday’s demonstration goes ahead, and called for President Emmanuel Macron to speak out and bring calm,” writes ABC News. “French President Emmanuel Macron has scrapped a fuel tax rise amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades.”
“If not there will be chaos,” added another protester before learning of Macron’s reversal.
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PARIS BURNING: Macron Predicts ‘Major Violence’ Across France, Approval Drops to 18%
A spokesperson for embattled French President Emmanuel Macron predicted “major violence” across France this weekend; warning residents that anti-Macron protesters are likely to take to the streets throughout the country.
According to the BBC, French politicians urged residents to brace for “major violence” in the coming days despite Macron’s decision to permanently “abandon” his widely-unpopular “fuel tax” to help fight climate change.
“We have reason to fear a great violence this Saturday,” said another spokesperson.
The nationwide protests have caused Macron’s popularity to crater in recent days. According to recent polling the French President’s approval rating has plunged to a stunning 18%.
The demonstrations -dubbed the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests- have largely shifted from its original anti-tax agenda into a larger, anti-Macron movement.
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