France will deploy tens of thousands of police nationwide and around 8,000 in Paris today to handle a fifth weekend of ‘yellow vest’ protests, although the movement appears to be losing steam after concessions by President Emmanuel Macron.
Police searched through eastern France on Wednesday for a man suspected of killing at least two people in a gun attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg and who was known to have been religiously radicalized while in jail.
Support for the “yellow vest” protesters in France dropped sharply following President Emmanuel Macron’s concessions to ease taxes and boost income, leaving the country split, two opinion polls showed on Tuesday.
The French government on Sunday urged Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after the US president posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement.
US President Donald Trump has lashed out against the Paris Climate Agreement, claiming French citizens have held demonstrations because they don’t want to pay “large sums of money, much to third world countries.”
The euro area’s top two economies painted a mixed picture for the start to the final quarter of 2018, leaving the jury out on whether the region is in for a prolonged economic slowdown or a rebound in momentum.
French authorities are worried that another wave of “great violence” and rioting will be unleashed in Paris this weekend by a hard core of several thousand ‘yellow vest’ protesters, an official in the French presidency said on Thursday.
The French government announced Tuesday that it would suspend planned increases in fuel taxes for six months in a bid to quell fierce protests that have ballooned into the deepest crisis of Emmanuel Macron's presidency.
Groups of masked protesters battled police through clouds of tear gas near Paris' Champs Elysees Saturday as thousands took part in a third weekend of "yellow vest" demonstrations, which have morphed from anger over fuel taxes into a broader anti-government movement.