The French government is considering introducing a state of emergency to prevent the recurrence of the worst riots in France in years, but although open to dialogue, it will not change course, its spokesman said Sunday ,
Masked, black On Saturday, dressed-up groups ran amok through central Paris, firing cars and buildings, looting shops, smashing windows and battling the police in the worst riots the city has experienced since 1968. This was the biggest challenge that Emmanuel Macron saw in his 18-month-old presidency.
The riots also shook several towns and villages across France – from Charleville Mezieres in the northeast to Nantes in the west and Marseille in the south.
"We need to think about the measures that can do this These incidents will not happen again," government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told Radio Europe.
The popular uprising broke out on the brink of nothing on Nov. 1
The protests started as a backlash against Macron's fuel tax hike, but led to deep dissatisfaction with the liberal economy of the 40-year-old reforms, in which many voters campaign for the affluent and big business
Saturday's violence that overshadowed the spontaneous protest movement caught the authorities unprepared, who were referred to as "yellow vests," as many participants wore the fluorescent safety jackets cars in France.
In Paris, police said they arrested more than 400 people and injured 133, including 23 members of the security forces. The police fired grenades, tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators on the Champs-Elysees Boulevard
in the Tuillerie Garden, near the Louvre Museum and elsewhere.
Macron holds an emergency meeting with the Prime Minister and Interior Minister later on Sunday to discuss the riots and dialogue with the "Gilets Jaunes" (yellow west), who have no real structure or leadership.
Asked to impose a state of emergency, Griveaux said that this was the case Be among the options to be considered on Sunday.
"There is no question that every weekend becomes a meeting or a ritual for violence."
Griveaux urged the movement of the Yellow Vest to distance itself from the radical groups that had fueled the group, organize themselves and come to the negotiating table. He however ruled out a change in government policy.
"We will not change the course, it is the right direction, we are sure of that," he said.
The authorities said violent groups from far right and left Leftists and "rackets" from the suburbs had infiltrated the yellow west movement in Paris on Saturday, although Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said most of those arrested were regular protesters attacked by marginalized groups had been.
Speech on BFM Television On Saturday, Castaner said the authorities had taken all precautions to prevent unrest, but were exposed to extremely violent, organized and determined groups.
However, he said the government made a mistake in communicating plans to move away from oil dependency, the policy that led to tax hikes.
Marseille yellow vest activist Paul Marra told BFM TV that the government was responsible for the violence across the country. "We condemn what happened, but it was inevitable, the violence started from the top, the biggest hit is the state through its inaction."