Fear of ri­ots: Mu­se­ums, Eiffel Tower close

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

PARIS >> Au­thor­i­ties across France braced Thurs­day for the pos­si­bil­ity of more ri­ots and vi­o­lence at anti-gov­ern­ment protests this week­end, hold­ing emer­gency meet­ings and de­ploy­ing tens of thou­sands of po­lice and se­cu­rity forces. Mu­se­ums, the­aters and shops in Paris an­nounced they would close Satur­day as a pre­cau­tion — in­clud­ing the city’s famed Eiffel Tower.

Po­lice unions and city au­thor­i­ties met to strate­gize on how to han­dle the protests on Satur­day, which are be­ing held even though French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron sur­ren­dered Wed­nes­day night and can­celled a fuel tax hike that had un­leashed weeks of un­rest.

On the other side of France’s volatile so­cial de­bate, dis­parate groups of pro­test­ers did the same thing, shar­ing their week­end plans on so­cial net­works and chat groups.

Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe told sen­a­tors Thurs­day that the gov­ern­ment will de­ploy “ex­cep­tional” se­cu­rity mea­sures for the protests in Paris and else­where.

In Paris alone, 8,000 po­lice of­fi­cers will be mo­bi­lized.

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