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OffbeatParis tries to clean up after protests; French officials call for unity

13:30  09 december  2018
13:30  09 december  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

Worst riot in a decade engulfs Paris; Macron vows action

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Paris tried to regain a sense of normalcy Sunday, a day after battles between riot police and Yellow Vests protesters left 71 people injured and caused widespread property damage.

Tourist sites were reopened and workers took to the streets to clean up broken glass.

French officials called for unity after days of unrest that saw demonstrators protesting French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed fuel tax hike and other economic policies amid high living costs.

The Latest: France's Macron scraps fuel tax after protests

The Latest: France's Macron scraps fuel tax after protests 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. An official with the Elysee palace told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the president decided to get rid of the tax. Philippe told lawmakers that "the tax is now abandoned" in the 2019 budget, and the government is "ready for dialogue." The budget can be adjusted or renegotiated through the course of the year. Three weeks of protests have left four people dead and were a massive challenge to Macron. ___ 4:10 p.m.

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron broke his silence Monday on the exceptional protests But he has appeared out determined to continue trying to make the French economy more competitive Many have been calling for Macron to step down, CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports.

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"No tax should jeopardize our national unity. We must now rebuild that national unity through dialogue, through work, and by coming together,” said French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

Macron, who was conspicuously absent last week, broke his silence with a tweet of appreciation to police for their "courage and exceptional professionalism,” the BBC reported.

He still faces pressure to propose solutions to calm the anger. The leaderless Yellow Vests have called for him to resign.

In a failed bid to deter demonstrators France deployed 89,000 police – and 12 armored vehicles - on Saturday. About 125,000 Yellow Vests protested across the country and around 1,220 people were taken into custody, the Interior Ministry said.

Several tourist areas, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum, were closed out of fear of the rioting. Video footage showed protesters being hit by rubber bullets and police using water cannons at the Arc de Triomphe.

Eiffel Tower, Louvre to close amid fears of weekend protests

Eiffel Tower, Louvre to close amid fears of weekend protests France is bracing for yet another weekend of protests that could rock Paris and other parts of the country. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government was deploying 89,000 security force members across France -- including 8,000 in the capital -- in case the demonstrations turn violent again.

PARIS (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, ignoring calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg this week. In Paris , police were out in force to contain outbursts of violence.

A TUNISIAN terrorist was pictured grinning after arriving in Italy weeks before he was "freed from detention to slaughter three in Nice". Brahim Aoussaoui, 21, arrived in Europe just weeks before launching Thursday's bloody attack, using a foot-long knife to butcher his victims.

In response to the demonstrations, the government said it would abandon the unpopular fuel tax hike and froze electricity and gas prices for 2019. Macron’s about-face has damaged his credibility with climate defenders and foreign investors.

It’s done nothing to calm the "gilets jaunes," the nickname for crowds wearing the fluorescent yellow vests that all French motorists must keep in their cars.

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Now the movement is making other demands, such as taxing the rich and raising the minimum wage.

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Paris government to rush through concessions for 'yellow vests'.
The French government is set to rush tax cuts and a rise in the minimum wage through parliament in a bid to end the "yellow vest" protests which appear to be waning after a month of disruption. The measures announced a week ago by President Emmanuel Macron will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and put to the National Assembly and the Senate for votes before Christmas, officials said. But in the meantime, the protesters must dismantle their road blocks, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Monday, warning that "we can't continue to paralyse the French economy.

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