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France mullar emergency after Paris riots, will not change policy

The French government will consider introducing an emergency to prevent recurrence of France's worst riot in years, but while open…

The French government will consider introducing an emergency to prevent recurrence of France’s worst riot in years, but while open to dialogue it will not change, spokesman said on Sunday.

Masked, black-dressed groups ran bastardly over central Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, robbing shops, smashing windows and fighting the police in the worst concern the capital has seen since 1968, which represents the most ambitious challenge of Emmanuel Macron has met in his 18 months old post commentary.

Disturbances also shook several cities and across France – from Charleville Mezieres to the northeast to Nantes in the west and Marseille to the south.

“We must consider the actions that can be taken to prevent these events from happening again,” said Governor Benjamin Griveaux to Europe 1


The popular uprising exploded nowhere on November 17th and has spread rapidly through social media, with protesters killing roads across France and preventing access to shopping malls, factories and some fuel depots.

Protests began to contravene Macron’s fuel charges, but have rubbed a friend of deep dissatisfaction with the 40-year liberal economic reforms that many voters know in favor of the rich and big business.

The authorities were deterred by Saturday’s escalation in violence that overshadowed the spontaneous protest movement, called the “Yellow Wests” because many participants carry the fluorescent safety jackets held in all cars in France.

In Paris, the police said they had arrested more than 400 people while 133 were injured, including 23 members of the security forces. The police fired grenade, tear gas and water cannon at protesters at the top of the boulevard

Champs-Elysees, at the Tuilleries Garden near the Louvre Museum and other places.

Macron is holding an emergency meeting with the prime minister and the interior minister later on Sunday to discuss the riots and how to begin dialogue with “gilets jaunes” (yellow vests) who have no proper structure or management.

When asked to introduce an emergency, Griveaux said that it would be among the options seen on Sunday.

“It is excluded that every weekend becomes a meeting or a ritual of violence.”

Griveaux urged the Yellow West Movement to deter the radical groups that had initiated violence, organize themselves and come to the negotiating table. However, he excludes a change in government policy.

“We will not change course, it’s the right direction. We’re sure,” he said.

Authorities said violent groups from the far right and far left as well as “thieves” from the suburbs had infiltrated the yellow road movement in Paris on Saturday, but the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that most of the arrested were regular protesters who had been eating by French groups .

Talk about BFM TV Last Saturday, Castaner said the authorities had introduced all security measures to prevent disturbances, but they had met extremely violent, organized and determined groups.

However, he said that the government had made a mistake in how it communicated plans to move away from oil dependence, the policy that led to fuel tax increases.

Paul Marra, a yellow west activist in Marseille, told BFM TV that the government would blame the violence across the country. “We condemn what happened, but it was inevitable. Violence began from the top. The biggest craze is the state through its inactivity.”

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