Saturday, 19 Jan 2019
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Latest news: Macron cancels his trip to Serbia after clashes

PARIS – The news of France's response to a demonstration in Paris that has turned into violence (every hour is local):

7:25 p.m.

The French palace of the Elysee, the French presidency, confirmed that Emmanuel Macron's two-day trip to Serbia this week was postponed because of the violence that took place this weekend in Paris.

Macron was scheduled to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday. After a telephone conversation Monday, they agreed to postpone the trip in the near future.

The Elysee said that Macron was "deeply attached" to relations between France and Serbia and to "our deep ties sealed during the First World War".

More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 were arrested this weekend during the worst urban riot in France for years, with dozens of cars burned.

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7:15 p.m.

The Serbian president said that French President Emmanuel Macron had postponed his visit to Serbia after the worst urban riots in France for years.

Aleksandar Vucic said Monday that "unfortunately because of the situation in France, Macron has asked that the visit be postponed a few weeks".

Macron was due to arrive in Belgrade on Wednesday for a two-day visit.

Paris has had three consecutive weekends of clashes. The protests began last month with the discontent of motorists facing the rise in the gas tax. They now cover a whole range of complaints against the Macron government.

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5:50 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron met with some units of the National Police to show his support after Paris became a theater of violence and destruction during a weekend-long protest.

The presidential palace of the Elysee said Monday that Macron had had a "long exchange" during a lunch in a police station east of Paris on Monday with members of the police units of the CRS who ensure the maintenance of public order and police officers who controlled the demonstrations.

The Elysee said that the French leader also wanted to understand how they were doing and what the problems they were facing to face one of the worst episodes of turmoil in the nation lately. The Paris police chief said that police had had physical clashes with protesters, using hammers, gardening tools, bolts, aerosols and stones.

Saturday's demonstration against the increase in taxation and the cost of living has become the worst urban riot in France in 10 years. More than 130 people were injured, including 23 policemen and 412 people were arrested.

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11:50

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned that violent protests and roadblocks would have a negative impact on the economy.

More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 were arrested this weekend during the worst urban riot in France for years, with dozens of cars burned.

The move, which was partly fueled by a fuel tax hike, is hurting sales, according to The Mayor, who told the ministry that "the impact on the French economy was serious" and some sectors recorded a decline in sales of 15 to 25%. at 25 percent.

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11:30 am

The German Foreign Minister said that his country was not worried about anti-government protests in neighboring France and that he was convinced that the situation would calm down soon.

Germany and France have always been the main powers of the European Union. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that "France is needed in Europe, and we know that focusing on such disputes in a country consumes energy, but it's quite normal."

In Paris, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was in a crisis discussion with representatives of the main political parties.

Maas said that "France is known for its particular protest culture, and I think we are seeing it now, but of all that I've heard and what is expected in the negotiations, we are confident that the situation will calm down in the foreseeable future. "

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9:25

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is in crisis talks with representatives of major political parties following violent anti-government protests that rocked Paris.

More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 were arrested this weekend during the worst urban riot in France for years, with dozens of cars burned.

President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency meeting on security with Philippe Sunday and the government has not ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency.

It was the third consecutive weekend of clashes in Paris. The protests began last month with the discontent of motorists facing the rise in the gas tax. They now deal with a set of complaints that the Macron government does not care about the problems of ordinary citizens.

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