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OffbeatParis fears new protest violence despite Macron's retreat

13:30  06 december  2018
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'Worried about violence '. But government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux had expressed fears on Friday that the demonstration could turn violent . The protest is the latest in a series of large street demonstrations against Macron , whose overhauls of everything from the education system to the

Macron said he will convene a meeting on the situation with his prime minister and interior minister for Sunday morning when he returns to Paris . "I will always respect debate and I will always listen to opposition but I will never accept violence ," Macron said. The protests first sprouted up in rural

Paris fears new protest violence despite Macron's retreat© The Associated Press Students watch a burning trash bin outside their school in Bayonne, southwestern France, Thursday, Dec.6, 2018. Protesting students are disrupting schools and universities Thursday, and drivers are still blocking roads around France, now demanding broader tax cuts and government aid. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

PARIS — Paris police and store owners are bracing for new violence at protests Saturday, despite President Emmanuel Macron's surrender over a fuel tax hike that unleashed weeks of unrest.

Police unions and local authorities are holding emergency meetings Thursday to strategize — while disparate groups of protesters are sharing plans on social networks and chat groups.

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After the worst rioting in Paris in decades last weekend, many shops and restaurants in the center of the capital are expected to shut down Saturday, fearing a repeat of the violence.

Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, but protesters' demands have now expanded to other issues.

Protesting students are disrupting schools and universities Thursday, and drivers are still blocking roads around France, now demanding broader tax cuts and government aid.

A small union representing police administrative personnel called for a strike Saturday, which could further complicate security measures Saturday. Other police unions are not talking about strikes — but everyone's worried about security risks in the face of a movement with no clear leaders whose protests are easily hijacked by troublemakers of all stripes.

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Worst riot in a decade engulfs Paris; Macron vows action France's most violent urban riot in more than a decade engulfed some of central Paris on Saturday as "yellow jacket" activists torched cars, smashed windows, looted stores and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with multi-colored graffiti. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The violent protests of the “yellow vests” in France have inevitably prompted comparisons with insurrections past Mr. Macron , without much political experience or an established party behind him, failed to see the anger rising, and when it erupted, seemed to have few responses other than retreat .

Since Emmanuel Macron was elected President of France on 7 May 2017, a series of protests have been conducted by trade union and left-wing activists in opposition to what protesters consider to be

Police have come under criticism for failing to prevent damage to the Arc de Triomphe and stores along the famed Champs-Elysees in central Paris, as well as for violence against protesters.

Videos circulating on social media of police beating protesters at a Burger King on the Champs-Elysees have deepened the anger. A police spokeswoman said Thursday an investigation is underway into that incident, and that police are examining other videos shared online for possible violations.

Macron himself, the central target of the protests, has been largely invisible all week. After winning election overwhelmingly last year, the 40-year-old pro-business centrist alienated many of his own voters with tax cuts for the rich and other badly explained reforms — and what many see as his elitist, out-of-touch attitude.

The rioting in Paris has worried tourists and damaged the local economy at the height of the holiday shopping season. Rampaging groups threw cobblestones through storefronts and looted valuables in some of the city's richest neighborhoods.

Violent protests in France reveal a hard-to-heal fracture

Violent protests in France reveal a hard-to-heal fracture A grassroots protest movement in France has ballooned and radicalized, unleashing anger that devastated the heart of Paris in weekend riots and revealed a fracture in the country between the haves and have-nots. Tough talk by unpopular President Emmanuel Macron appears unlikely to mend the growing sense of social injustice. Discontent about the rising cost of living among the "little people," as many protesters call themselves, had been growing, along with a sense of marginalization. The approach of Macron's fuel tax increases in January, meant to wean the French off fossil fuels, has caused things to snap.

Demonstrators seize on president’ s use of word ‘lazy’ as rallying slogan for protests in Paris and other big cities.

Protesters ravaged Paris as they torched cars, smashed windows with clubs and axes (Image Thousands of police were deployed to the capital’ s streets try to contain the violence , which began But despite the growing unrest, calls are already being made on social media for an “Act 4” on

Clement Rozey, manager of a motorcycle shop in western Paris, spent two days and two nights cleaning it up after he watched powerless as a group of thugs smashed his shop windows and emptied his shelves.

He has boarded up the store and will stay closed Saturday.

"We're going to have a security company with security guards inside and outside the shop," Rozey said. "Everything has been fenced off, several times."

Yet he remains sympathetic to the protest movement.

"Just like everybody, we're strangled (financially) after the 15th of the month," he told The Associated Press, referring to the day when many workers are paid. The protesters "are defending a cause, they're following through and rightly so. We support them whole-heartedly," he said. But violent troublemakers who pillage and riot — "that's something else."

Macron Seeks to Quell French Protests With Tax Cuts for Workers.
President Emmanuel Macron urged French companies to pay their workers a year-end bonus that won’t be taxed and ended levies on overtime as he sought to draw a line under the monthlong Yellow Vests crisis roiling France. In a statement aired on French television and radio networks, Macron said his country is at a historic crossroads and acknowledged his share of responsibility for the anger on the streets. "I feel in many ways that the anger of the Yellow Vests is right," he said in his first public comments for more than a week. He said France is facing "a state of social and economic emergency.

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