Paris is preparing for a fifth weekend of violent protests, with 8,000 police officers patrolling the streets while Yellow Vest demonstrations continue
- The police are preparing for the fifth wave of Geel-Vest protests, although the number of cases
- The Paris police are worried about violent infiltrators after the attack in Strasbourg
- President Macron has offered concessions to demonstrators
Nina Bertok for Mailonline
France will Saturday use tens of thousands of national police and around 8,000 people in Paris to handle a fifth weekend with yellow vest protests, although the movement seems to be losing after concessions by President Emmanuel Macron.
The head of the police in Paris said there remained concern about violent groups that infiltrated the protests.
Officers riot control protect monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe and prevent people from coming close to the presidential palace.
A demonstrator in Paris today wears a cardboard with the text 'The Commune of Paris or death'. during demonstrations convened by the CGT trade union. France will Saturday put tens of thousands of national police and 8,000 in Paris, but the movement seems to lose strength
Nickname & # 39; Acte V & # 39; of the protests, the yellow cardigans will take to the streets this weekend
Police Chief Michel Delpuech told RTL radio: & # 39; We must be prepared for worstcase scenario & # 39; s. & # 39;
He expected that companies in the capital would be less affected this weekend after heavy nuisance in the past three weeks, when large stores closed, hotels members were members of cancellations and tourists stayed away during the usually busy run-up to Christmas.
Nickname & # 39; Acte V & # 39; of the protests, the yellow vest protesters take to the streets this weekend, while France recovers from an unrelated attack on a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, when a shooter killed three people and wounded and killed several others.
Hundreds of police officers were relocated to Strasbourg to search for the shooter, who was shot dead in a firefight on Thursday evening.
Minister of Home Affairs Christophe Castaner said it was time for the yellow cardigans to reduce their protests and accept that they had achieved their goals. Policemen also deserved a break, he added.
I prefer that the police do their real job, chasing criminals and tackling the terrorism threat, instead of securing roundabouts where a few thousand people are busy with police, & # 39; he said.
The protests have hit the economy hard, while Macron's concessions are likely to bring the budget deficit above a limit agreed by the EU
Attractions such as the Louvre and Opera Garnier are open this weekend, as well as luxury department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.
Last Saturday they were closed because thousands of sometimes violent protesters raged through the city.
The last weekend the Arc de Triomphe was destroyed, cars were overthrown and set on fire and companies were destroyed.
The protests have hit the economy hard, culminating in half-initial projections in the last quarter of the year, while Macron's concessions are likely to bring the budget deficit above a limit agreed by the EU.
The yellow vest movement, which began as a protest against fuel taxes and then evolved into an anti-Macron alliance, seems to have calmed down since the president announced a series of measures to help the working poor.
France is recovering from an unrelated attack on a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, when a shooter killed and wounded three people and wounded several others
Many people, however, wore the safety vests of the highly visible motorists, who are the symbol of the protests that Friday barricades barricades outside the cities.
After severe criticism that he was not seen as a reaction to the Protestant complaints, Macron made a TV speech this week in which he said he understood their concerns and acknowledged that a different approach was needed.
As well as canceling fuel tax rises due to the kick in the following month, Macron said he would raise the minimum wage by 100 euros per month from January and reduce taxes for poorer pensioners, alongside other measures.
Since the first yellow vest protests on November 17, supporters have held a steady stream of dissent, although the numbers that participate in marches have steadily declined.