Eif­fel Tower is closed due to fears of vi­o­lence

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY SA­MUEL PE­TRE­QUIN

THE Eif­fel Tower in Paris will be closed to­day as French au­thor­i­ties tighten se­cu­rity to pre­vent an­other out­break of vi­o­lence fol­low­ing three weeks of anti-gov­ern­ment protests.

In ad­di­tion to the 8,000 po­lice of­fi­cers that will be de­ployed in the French cap­i­tal, the Paris Po­lice Pre­fec­ture has iden­ti­fied 14 high-risk sec­tors that will be cleared out.

Fear­ing pro­test­ers could tar­get street fur­ni­ture or con­struc­tion sites, Paris po­lice will re­move all the glass con­tain­ers, rail­ings and build­ing ma­chin­ery set up in the iden­ti­fied sec­tors which in­clude the Champs-El­y­sees av­enue.

Across the coun­try some 89,000 po­lice will be mo­bilised fol­low­ing last week­end when more than 130 peo­ple were in­jured and over 400 were ar­rested in the worst street vi­o­lence seen in the coun­try in decades.

Au­thor­i­ties have also can­celled six French league foot­ball matches this week­end around the­coun­try.Sincethe­un­rest­be­gan on last month in re­ac­tion to a sharp rise in diesel taxes, four peo­ple have been killed in ac­ci­dents.

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