New wave of violent protests shut down Paris

New wave of violent protests shut down Paris

The Yellow vest protesters have started new protests against President Emmanuel Macron, and protesters have taken a violent turn and started vandalising properties. Stores were smashed and looted during the capital’s worst rioting in decades, hence police forces have requested many shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees, so far 130 people injured and 412 people have been arrested.
Many tourist spots and museums have also announced that they will be closed over the weekend while shops and other businesses are expected to shut on the famous avenue during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year before Christmas. Even the Paris Opera has cancelled planned performances at two sites in the city, and two theatres also plan to close.
The Arc de Triomphe remains closed as last week’s protest damaged the monument, while two music festivals have also been postponed.
The Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower are few of the tourists spots that plan to remain open.
Tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon were used and cars were torched, while rocks were hurled at police as protesters rampaged in the streets around the capital’s tourist landmarks.
Macron has promised “exceptional” security measures for the planned protests amid fears and will deploy 89,000 security force members nationwide and 8,000 of them in Paris.
France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe said the government is taking “all measures necessary” to secure the protests.
Macron agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike as a response to protests against the green taxes on diesel that made it difficult for drivers to afford fuel. The protests have however evolved into anger against the president as they have a feeling that he is out of touch with normal people.
Mr Philippe acknowledged that government’s dramatic concession over fuel tax rise “doesn’t respond” to all the protester’s concerns.

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