Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018
World

Paris shutters itself in fear of worsening protest violence

PARIS – Paris monuments and shopping are locked up and tens of thousands of people are taking over the country, fearing violence in a new round of anti-government protests.

President Emmanuel Macron's government has warned that Saturday's "yellow vest" protests in Paris will be hijacked by "radicalized and rebellious" crowds and become the most dangerous yet after three weeks of demonstrations.

Authorities are deploying barricade-busting armored vehicles and 8,000 police in the capital alone, part of 89,000 security forces fanned out around France.

The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are shut down with hundreds of blinds and businesses, fearing damage after rioting last Saturday in the city of Paris.

The protesters are angry at Macron and high taxes, among other problems.

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