Fuel fight security boosted
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.