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After Champs Elysees Riots French PM Plans New Security Steps



On Monday, France’s Prime Minister will submit plans to thwart on rioters, after a new outburst of violence related to the yellow vest protest movement took place. Cutting short a weekend ski trip, President Emmanuel Macron returned to Paris late on Saturday for a crisis meeting with ministers at which he instructed resolution to be taken promptly “so this doesn’t happen again”.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s office stated that the latest violence showed that the present security arrangements were “inadequate”.

Drawing verdict from these shortcomings, the prime minister will submit the measures to the president, which is needed to adapt the security forces stand of view so they can act with determination at any point of time.

Since the worst unrest in central Paris after violence heightened before Christmas in a weekly series of demonstrations cleaners swept up broken glass, while shop owners installed boards on smashed windows on Sunday.

On Saturday, vandals left hardly a storefront or café undamaged, breaking windows and pillaging luxury stores as they confronted with riot police.

Rioters also torched an upmarket handbag store and badly defaced Fouquet’s restaurant before setting on fire to the famous brasserie’s canvas awning. Two newsstands were burnt to their metallic frames and in a nearby street a bank branch was burned, which badly damaged the building and apartments above it.

Police assumed that 10,000 people joined the latest yellow vest protest in Paris and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner stated that a hard-core of about 1,500 was ready for creating trouble.

The yellow vest movement started in November in order to oppose now abandoned fuel tax hikes and the high living cost. The demonstration quickly escalated into a bigger movement against Macron, his pro-business reforms and elitism in general.

The protest, held every Saturday in Paris and other cities, have been generally getting smaller since December, when Paris saw some of the severe vandalism and looting in ten years.

After the increase in violence, Macron offered a package of concessions worth over 10 billion euros ($11 billion) targeted at strengthening the incomes of the poorest workers and pensioners.


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