PARIS – The concern reached its peak in France Friday on the eve of new demonstrations of "yellow vests" Saturday in the capital where a unprecedented security device is provided in the event of "very great violence."
The government's decision on fuel taxation has apparently not helped to calm the anger of the movement and the Elysee fears a "very great violence" on Saturday. In the morning of Friday, the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner presented the security device "of great scale" which will be deployed on this occasion.
In total, 89,000 police and gendarmes will be deployed throughout the country on Saturday to avoid reliving the scenes of the previous week: clashes under the Arc de Triomphe, burning barricades in the beautiful neighborhoods, looting, tear gas clouds for attempt to disperse "yellow vests".
Will be used in particular in the capital of armored gendarmerie vehicles able to destroy the barricades that could be erected there as December 1, according to local media.
The government has ensured that law enforcement would be more mobile to respond "more effectively to the strategy of dispersal and movement of thugs." Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Orsay, Pompidou, Department Stores will be closed on Saturday. Numerous football matches have been postponed, AFP reports.
A few thousand high school students marched Friday in Paris, the first procession in the capital since the resumption of their mobilization earlier this week in the wake of the "yellow vests". They protest against the reform of the baccalaureate, the access platform to higher education Parcoursup, the National Service Universal (SNU).
The mobilization of high school students, which found an echo among young people in the wake of the movement of "yellow vests" against the tax and social policy of the government, has led to the total or partial blockage of 200 to 300 high schools a day since the beginning of the week.