There are set to be just shy of 90,000 police officers deployed in France this weekend, with another set of nationwide protests by the ‘Yellow Vests’ set to hit the streets.
Though the government have backed down on their plan for fuel tax the demonstrations are set to continue. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said: “We are facing people who are not here to protest, but to smash and we want to have the means to not give them a free rein.”
Benjamin Griveaux, an ally of French President Emmanuel Macron, has even warned of an “overthrow”. He told Le Parisien: “Obviously it’s organised. Politicised and radicalised elements try to exploit the movement. They want to overthrow the power.”
The Eiffel Tower will be shut down this weekend along with other sites, as security services anticipate major disorder.
Contrary to some reports, last weekend saw nationwide protests, not just in Paris, with police officers attacked and hundreds of arrests. In Toulouse alone 57 people were injured, on top of the 133 injured in Paris.
Unsurprisingly, Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has sunk even further and he now has a disapproval rating of 76%.
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