Ring of steel to sub­due ri­ot­ers across France

The Dominion Post - - World -

France is to de­ploy an ‘‘ex­cep­tional’’ num­ber of se­cu­rity force of­fi­cers around the coun­try to­day as the gov­ern­ment braces for yel­lowvest protests of ‘‘great vi­o­lence’’ in Paris, de­spite mak­ing key con­ces­sions. Tourists have been urged not to can­cel their trips to the cap­i­tal, de­spite the clo­sure of about a dozen cul­tural sites, in­clud­ing the Eif­fel Tower, due to 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. Edouard Philippe, the prime minister, told sen­a­tors that an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of ad­di­tional 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 Em­manuel Macron’s of­fice warned that in­tel­li­gence sug­gested some pro­test­ers in­tended to be in Paris ‘‘to smash and to kill’’. Pres­i­dent Macron has said he will the green fuel tax rise that sparked the move­ment, but pro­test­ers’ de­mands have widened.

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