News 7 december — 17:41

France braces for more violence over high living costs


At least 89,000 police officers will be deployed across France amid fears of violence during anti-government protests this weekend, Anafolu Agency reports.

Some 8,000 police officers will be on duty in Paris and armored vehicles will also be deployed, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told French television station TF1 Thursday.

"We face people who do not come to protest but to destroy," he said.

Shops and restaurants on Paris's Champs-Elysees and some museums will also be closed. 

The Eiffel Tower’s management announced on its Twitter account that it will remain closed to the public Saturday due to demonstrations and visitors will be automatically refunded.

Thousands of "yellow vest" protesters have been gathering in major French cities including Paris since Nov. 17 to protest President Emmanuel Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes and the deteriorating economic situation in France.

The demonstrators, who generally live in rural areas due to high rents in the cities, called on Macron to cut fuel taxes and make economic arrangements to ease their lives.

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