Fuel fight se­cu­rity boosted

The West Australian - - WORLD -

France will de­ploy an “ex­cep­tional” num­ber of se­cu­rity of­fi­cers around the coun­try to­day as the Gov­ern­ment braces for yel­low vest protests of “great vi­o­lence” in Paris — de­spite hav­ing made key con­ces­sions on fuel tax.

Tourists have been urged not to can­cel trips to the cap­i­tal, de­spite the clo­sure of about a dozen cul­tural sites, in­clud­ing the Eif­fel Tower, be­cause of se­cu­rity fears.

But po­lice urged shops and restau­rants on the Champs-El­y­sees to shut to­day to avoid fresh dam­age af­ter last week­end’s ri­ots, the worst in decades.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told sen­a­tors that an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of ex­tra forces would be de­ployed on top of the 65,000 se­cu­rity of­fi­cers al­ready in place for the protests in Paris and else­where.

An of­fi­cial in Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s of­fice warned that in­tel­li­gence sug­gested some pro­test­ers in­tended to be in Paris “to smash and to kill”.

Mr Macron has said he had stopped the green fuel tax rise that sparked the move­ment, but pro­test­ers’ de­mands have widened. Farm­ers and truck drivers are threat­en­ing to strike from to­mor­row.

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