France is planning a tough campaign against yellow veteran activists after violent clashes in Paris for the eighth consecutive week of demonstrations during the weekend.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced plans for a new law that will include well-known troublemakers & # 39; will forbid protests, and will stop wearing masks during demonstrations.
Mr Philippe has also announced that this weekend there will be 80,000 police and gendarmes in the streets of France, of which 5,000 in Paris.
New laws: Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced plans for a new law that will punish those who participate in unlawful protests & # 39; and stops wearing masks during demonstrations
Philippe said the government would introduce a new law that would punish those who do not comply with the declaration [protests], those who participate in unauthorized demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations with face masks & # 39 ;.
He also announced plans for familiar & # 39; troublemakers & # 39; to prohibit participating in demonstrations, in the same way that famous football hooligans in the past have been banned from stadiums.
"Those who question our institutions do not have the last word," said Philippe, who refused to declare an official state of emergency.
It is assumed that Philippe and the French government specifically want to focus demonstrators on the new legislation, since covering the faces in public since 2011 has been banned in France.
From April 2011 wearing masks, balaclavas, helmets and traditional Islamic face veils such as burqas and nikabs in public is illegal and punishable with a fine of 150 euros and / or a civic education program & # 39 ;.
A demonstrator with a yellow vest and comrades watching the dismantling of a yellow vests camp installed at a roundabout in Nice, France on Tuesday
Fights: Former French boxing champion, Christophe Dettinger, right, is seen during confrontations with French Gendarmes during a demonstration by the "yellow vests" in Paris this weekend
Moreover, under French law, anyone who wants to keep a public protest must register it with the authorities.
The moves came a man identified as a former professional boxer, suspected of attacking riot police with his fists and feet during the last protests, enlisted himself and was put into custody on Monday, authorities said.
The suspect, identified by the French media as Christophe Dettinger, was filmed by striking officers on Saturday in Paris in video's that went viral on social media.
The 37-year-old, whose violent outbursts dominated the coverage in the media about the protests, is a former French champion in the light heavyweight category, according to media reports.
In a video message that was recorded before surrendering to the police, Dettinger acknowledged his offense, but said he was trying to defend himself after he and his wife had been torn by the police.
& # 39; I have the anger of the people in me. I see all these presidents, ministers and the state cramming because they are unable to set a good example, "Dettinger said.
& # 39; It is always us, the little ones, that pay. French, I am with you wholeheartedly. We must continue to fight peacefully. & # 39;
He was involved in at least two fights in the center of Paris on Saturday. In one video he can be seen with different punches aimed at an officer who tries to protect himself with his shield on a Parisian bridge close to the National Assembly.
Christophe Dettinger, 36, was shown on Saturday afternoon during the anti-government protests on officers on a river Seine.
Dettinger, two-year French light heavyweight champion, was filmed to four heavily armed French riot police on a bridge over the Seine during the Gilets Jaunes protests yesterday
Six-foot four-inch Dettinger, pictured on the left, known as the Gypsy or Massy & # 39; after the suburb of South Paris, where he was bought up in a traveling community, won 18 fights of 22, seven by KO
In another video, with a black hat and gloves, he kicks a policeman on the floor.
Dettinger, known for his professional boxing as "the gypsy of Massy", after a city in the southern suburbs of Paris, was praised by many demonstrators, who shared his courage and criticized alleged police brutality during the protests.
Meanwhile, a yellow vest protester who was suspected of trying to kill a policeman after he reportedly stole an assault rifle during a demonstration last month, was arrested in Paris.
The 24-year-old, who has not been named, is now accused of attempting to murder a public official who is punishable by a 15-year prison sentence.
The man is accused of being part of a group that focused on a police van in Paris, threw a smoke grenade into it and set it on fire.
It is then that the man stole a Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle from officers & # 39 ;, said a research source. He then disappeared into the crowd and caused a huge safety warning. & # 39;
The Champs Elysee itself was closed at one point, as were all the metro stations, when the police were looking for the so-called killer.
There were dozens of other arrests today with a Yellow Vest in France, including 45 people setting fire to a toll booth near the Besancon, in the east of France.