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Paris braced for new riots as “Yellow Jacket” protests sweep France

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By Saphora Smith

PARIS – The French capital was closed on Saturday when the city stood for how many fears will Be the most violent protests in weeks with powerful anti-government demonstrations that have swept the country.

Protests launched last month against planned tax increases on gas have then turned into a broader contest of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency and an expression of anger in his attempt to reform France’s long-lasting economy.

Almost eight out of ten people in France support the protests, according to a vote published last week.

Paris was largely abandoned on Saturday morning as the riot police waited for the street corner and protests’ first currents went towards the Champs Elysees, chanting the country’s iconic national anthem and waved the tricolor flag as they passed the presidential palace.

The yellow western protesters go down to the Champs Elysees on Saturday. IAN LANGSDON / EPA

Business ideas along the world-famous street – the scene of last week’s conflicts between protesters and police – barricaded behind plywood sheets to prepare even more violence.

Otherwise Hundreds of people were already in storage, the authorities said when the police fired tear gas at protesters.

Officials said they were planning to distribute 8000 police officers across the capital on Saturday, as Secretary of State Christophe Castaner warned of “violent people” should try

“According to the information we have, some radical and rebellious people will try to mobilize tomorrow” Castaner told a press conference on Friday.

Paris sparkling museums and galleries – including the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower – said they would not open their doors to the usual squad holiday season tourists.

Football matches have also been called the country.

As parisians prepared for what appeared to be another weekend of destruction, the vast majority of those who spoke with NBC News said on Friday that they supported the so-called Yellow Jacket’s complaints.

While many said they were disturbed by protests escalating violence, they also said that they shared the protesters’ frustrations. Unnamed: The high cost of living in France and Macron’s appetite for reform.

“There is great anger in France at the moment,” says André Rubinot, a retired baker whose old boulangerie is in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

“The president has too many reforms and he walks about them quickly without asking anyone – fast, fast, fast,” he said.

Like others, Rubinot complained that life had become too expensive when he ticked various household items that had risen in price. “A baguette is now a euro 20 cents,” ($ 1.36) said the 68-year-old in distrust.

The French tend to strongly oppose reform and fall quickly from love with their presidents.


The young centrist promised to review the nation’s generous welfare state, which redisplays wealth over society with high taxes for the rich.

A former investment bank that swept into power on a reformist agenda would be different. France has high levels of social security and employee rights, making it difficult to take business-friendly reforms despite permanent unemployment.

But while having a high profile at global level, he has struggled to pass legislation at the heart of his domestic agenda.

Macron has met demonstrations throughout its long term, but the “Yellow Jacket” protesters represent a more fundamental challenge for its authority.

A November survey found that only 26 percent of French people have a favorable opinion of their president.

The results mean that Macron is now less popular than its predecessors Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy in the same stage of their presidency. Both would eventually leave the office obsessed with opposition and scandal.

The protests got even more speed this week after French farmers and trade unions promised to join Fray.

Students have also protested over France in a series of demonstrations against the Education Reform, some have said they are protesting in solidarity with “Yellow Jackets”.

Because various misunderstandings of the abuse palette begin to merge, many people in Paris said that they thought it would be more difficult for Macron to put an end to the unrest.

In a last attempt to choke the uprising, Macron decided Wednesday to abandon the gas tax increases that he had previously defended to reduce France’s dependence on fossil fuels.

But his concessions seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

Many on the streets of Paris accused Macron on Friday not to listen to the people, and several said his U-trip was too late.

“The government should do more, it should have reacted better,” said Abdul Asis, a 28-year-old construction worker who described himself as “100 percent behind the yellow jackets.”

Joseph Downing, an expert on French politics at the London School of Economics, agreed that the protests were about “much more” than taxes on gas. “

” It’s all this perception of the squeezed middle or the pressed upper working class who knows the right to an ever-increasing standard of living, but is something that no politician can deliver, he says.

“Here we have seen disco franchise with Sarkozy, with Holland and now with Macron.”

Self-organized approaches, which arose from the depths of social media, are also a relatively new phenomenon in France where people have historically invoked the powerful unions to organize dissatisfaction.

Several people who spoke with NBC News said that the strength of the “Yellow Jackets” lies in the fact that the protest is not specifically linked to any political party or union and has therefore united the population’s swings.

“Politicians are afraid they do not know how to stop it,” says Julian Guillo, a 23-year-old property student. “It’s not an organization, it’s the people.”

Several people directed their frustration directly at Macron, as described as anxious.

He is the president’s richer, says Louis Boyard, a student leader at the college student’s protest Friday. “The youngsters are angry, we are against Emmanuel Macron.”

Among the many remarks recorded at the protest were changes in university admission procedures and fees, which pupils and teachers said would make entry more selectively and restrict access to higher education.

High school students hold banners during a demonstration march from Stalingrad to Place de la Republique in Paris on Friday. Philippe Lopez / AFP – Getty Images

“We have to get rid of Macron to come to a fair society,” said Homa Javadi, 18, who said that she supported the cause of the so-called Yellow Jackets.

But while anger is widespread, appetite for violence and destruction is not.

“Vandalizing the Arc Triomphe is unacceptable,” said Lea Chauvet, a college graduate who chatted with a friend outside the Pantheon, a memorial to the Republic’s excellent citizen, on Friday.

“I would not like to associate myself with the peoples who destroy everything,” she added, explaining why she would not go to the protest.

Not only are the students guilty of Macron’s door. Rubinot, the baker, said the president spoke down to the people and portrayed himself as “king-like”.

Macron has largely had a low profile after reviewing the damage after the protests of last weekend, further anger for those who see signs of change from the presidential palace.

“He says nothing and the country is on fire,” said Meredith Saban, 38, a director of a staff office said who had a cigarette on the Champs-Elysee. 19659058] “He mocks the people.”

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