Police clash with ‘yellow vest’ protesters in Paris

French troops deployed in Paris amid ‘yellow vest’ protest

France gears up to face new riots; Paris shuts down

Some of the most famous tourist sites in Paris plan to close on Saturday as the French capital braces for a violent day of protest for the third consecutive weekend.

Across the country, France is mobilizing some 89,000 police, up from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 arrested as protests degenerated into the worst street violence to hit Paris in decades.

Some 8,000 officers and 12 armoured vehicles have been deployed in Paris alone, and almost 90,000 in the country as a whole.

The "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) movement sprang up in late October against increases in fuel taxes announced as part of President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to pay for clean energy initiatives. The Nicolas wine chain, one of France's biggest retailers, canceled all its wine tasting sessions scheduled for Saturday.

The French yellow vest protest movement is crossing borders, with demonstrations planned in neighbouring Belgium and in the Netherlands.

"We're asking him to meet us to negotiate on spending power, which is what underpins all this anger", Mr Cauchy said.

Dozens of streets in central Paris were closed to traffic, while the Eiffel Tower and world-famous museums such as the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre were closed. "I hope he will speak to the people of France as a father, with love and respect and that he will take strong decisions", he said.

The students were detained by police in the Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie, in unrest that has spread to dozens of schools during three weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

Protesters, using social media, have billed the weekend as "Act IV" in a dramatic challenge to Macron and his government's policies.

Nigel Farage said the violent protests that have broken out across France are a sign of the growing disconnect between the country's citizens and its elites.

Exceptional security measures are in place, aimed at preventing a repeat of last week's rioting.

Footage, which has sparked condemnation by politicians, shows the pupils on the ground as riot police yell orders at them.

An expected 8,000 police officers will be dispatched in the capital to counteract the potential "small minority" who have been "radicalized and fallen into violence and hate", the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said at a press conference on Friday.

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday once again attacked the Paris agreement on fighting climate change, citing the ongoing protests in the French capital as proof that he was right to reject the pact. Subway stations in the centre of town were shut down.

"The troublemakers can only be effective when they disguise themselves as yellow vests". More than 70 people were detained. He called on peaceful protesters not to get mixed up with "hooligans".

But the movement has no clear leaders, and past protests have attracted extremists who hurled projectiles at police.

"We are not here to destroy Paris, we are here to tell Macron we are f-king fed up", said one protester before the clashes with the police began, adding that the people are protesting ever-increasing taxes on the working class.

Weapons have also been confiscated from Yellow Vest protestors including items such as paving stones, slingshots, hammers and other items that have been deemed weapons.

Since the unrest began November 17 in response to a sharp increase in diesel taxes, four people have been killed in protest-related accidents.

Others have made it personal and say Macron must resign, still fuming over his decision to cut taxes for the highest earners shortly after sweeping to the presidency a year ago.

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