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WorldFrance bracing for bigger, more violent 'yellow vests' demos

15:31  11 january  2019
15:31  11 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Masks will be outlawed at protests in France with perpetrators sent to jail

Masks will be outlawed at protests in France with perpetrators sent to jail Troublemakers will also be forced to pay for property damage occurring during demonstrations, instead of taxpayers. However, he offered few details about the specifics of his plan. In France, demonstrations have to be declared and authorized by municipal authorities at least three days before the planned date. Failing to comply with this can result in an organizer serving up to six months in prison and paying an $8,574 fine. The new penalties that would be proposed under Philippe's proposed legislation were not immediately clear.

PARIS—If social-media trends prove correct, “Act IV” of France ’s so-called yellow vest movement—a reference to the fourth week of protests over fuel tax

France is bracing for a fourth consecutive weekend of violence , with competing marches Saturday by so-called " yellow vest " protesters and those demanding

France bracing for bigger, more violent 'yellow vests' demos© Provided by AFP About 30 "yellow vest" protestors joined striking employees at a hardware store in Englos, northern France, on Friday who were seeking higher pay

French officials said Friday they expect planned "yellow vest" demonstrations this weekend to be bigger and more violent than a week ago, as the protest movement which had shown signs of fatigue at the end of 2018 gains fresh impetus.

National police chief Eric Morvan told France Inter radio he expected "a return to a level of mobilisation seen before the Christmas holidays", for the ninth consecutive Saturday of nationwide protests, which have been characterised by clashes with police and destruction of property.

'Yellow vest' leader Eric Drouet arrested

'Yellow vest' leader Eric Drouet arrested One of the leaders of the "yellow vest" anti-government demonstrations, Eric Drouet, was detained by French police and placed in custody on Wednesday for organising a central Paris protest without declaring it, according to a source at the prosecutors office. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Drouet -- who already faces a trial for carrying a weapon -- was held while heading for the Champs-Elysees, according to a police source.

Macron Braces for " Most Violent " Yellow Vests Protest in Paris, France . PARIS—If social-media trends prove correct, “Act IV” of France ’s so-called yellow

Macron Braces for " Most Violent " Yellow Vests Protest in Paris, France . PARIS—If social-media trends prove correct, “Act IV” of France ’s so-called yellow

On January 5, around 50,000 people wearing the movement's trademark high-visibility vests demonstrated in Paris and other cities, an increase over late December but far below the nearly 300,000 that turned out for the inaugural protest in mid-November.

Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said he expected the demonstrators in Paris to outnumber the estimated 3,500 that attempted to march on the National Assembly last week, and predicted they would be "more tempted by violence."

The head of security in the Cher region announced that the "yellow vests" would be banned from demonstrating in the historic heart of Bourges, the central town on which some had set their sights Saturday.

Last week's protests were marked by a return of the clashes and destruction seen at the height of the protests in late November and early December.

Arrest of French 'yellow vest' leader sparks outrage

Arrest of French 'yellow vest' leader sparks outrage One of the leaders of the "yellow vest" demonstrations in France was detained by police in Paris, signalling a harder line from the government that sparked a wave of criticism from opponents on Thursday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Eric Drouet -- who already faces a trial for carrying a weapon at a previous protest -- was arrested late Wednesday for organising an unauthorised protest on the Champs-Elysees avenue. He was released Thursday afternoon.

Macron Braces for " Most Violent " Yellow Vests Protest in Paris, France . PARIS—If social-media trends prove correct, “Act IV” of France ’s so-called yellow

PARIS — Paris braced for a fourth weekend of protests as the government warned of the potential for new violence and officials prepared to deploy tens of thousands of police officers throughout France and even armored vehicles in the capital.

In two particularly shocking scenes caught on video, a group of demonstrators used a forklift to ram the doors of the ministry of government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, and a former professional boxer battered two police officers guarding a bridge over the Seine river.

"Week after week we have observed a drift towards increasingly violent behaviour," Delpuech told France Inter radio, adding that symbols of state power had become the chief targets.

The "yellow vests" accuse the police of fanning the flames with their liberal use of tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades against demonstrators.

They also point to a video showing a police captain in the southern city of Toulon beating demonstrators in support of their claim that the violence cuts both ways.

President Emmanuel Macron's government is taking an increasingly tough line with the revolt, which began in mid-November in the rural heartland over fuel taxes and quickly ballooned into a wholesale rejection of the president.

Macron hopes debate can quell French unrest. So did Louis XVI

Macron hopes debate can quell French unrest. So did Louis XVI In 1789, Louis XVI summoned France's aristocracy, clergy and citizens to discuss ways to plug the crown's dismal finances and quell popular discontent over a sclerotic feudal society. It marked the start of the French Revolution. Within months he was powerless and four years later beheaded by guillotine. Two centuries on, President Emmanuel Macron, often criticized for a monarchical manner, is also calling a national debate to mollify "yellow vest" protesters whose nine week uprising has set Paris ablaze and shaken his administration. He will launch the three-month "grand debat" initiative on Jan. 15.

France yellow vest protests. Image copyright Getty Images. And he is warning that "radical elements" could infiltrate planned " yellow vest " protests at the weekend. An official with the interior ministry told AFP news agency authorities were braced for "significant violence " on Saturday, with

Macron Braces for " Most Violent " Yellow Vests Protest in Paris, France . PARIS—If social-media trends prove correct, “Act IV” of France ’s so-called yellow

The demonstrators accuse 41-year-old Macron and his government of being deaf to the concerns of ordinary citizens and of favouring the rich over the poor in their fiscal policies.

Some are intent on forcing Macron from office.

On Monday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that 80,000 security force members would be deployed nationwide on Saturday.

"Those who question our institutions will not have the last word," Philippe said.

He also announced plans for legislation to ban known "troublemakers" from taking part in demonstrations.

- Voter 'disgust' -

Macron tried to take the heat out of the protests in December by announcing a 10-billion-euro ($11.5-billion) package of wage boosts and tax relief for low earners.

With that falling short of the mark, the president is now pinning his hopes on a two-month "grand national debate" on voters' grievances starting Tuesday -- a response to the protesters' call for ordinary citizens to have more of a say in the running of the country.

But a poll by the respected Cevipof political sciences institute released Friday showed the odds stacked against Macron.

The poll found distrust of politicians at an all-time high, with 77 percent of respondents saying they inspired "distrust", "disgust" or "boredom".

Crowdfunding pits French police vs. yellow vest protesters.
As France's yellow vest movement digs in for more protests, weeks of street clashes have produced a competition over which side can raise more money: protesters or police. So far, the police seem to be winning. An online crowdfunding campaign for officers hurt in confrontations with protesters raised more than 1 million euros (almost $1.2 million) by Thursday, days after it was launched. The fundraising effort came in response to a similar but more controversial appeal for donations to benefit a boxer captured on video Saturday while punching police officers at a Paris protest.

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