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Paris prepares for new riots, while "Yellow Jacket" protests against France



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By Saphora Smith

PARIS – The French capital was closed on Saturday When the city thought itself ready Many people fear that the most violent protests in weeks will be violent demonstrations against the government that has reduced the country to rubble.

Protests that began last month against planned tax hikes on gasoline have since turned into a broader reprimand of Emmanuel Macron's presidency and a turnaround on his attempts to reform France's long-troubled economy.

Almost eight in ten French supporters support the protests, according to a poll released last week. On Saturday morning, Paris was largely deserted as the riot police waited on street corners and the first streams of protesters headed for the Champs Elysees, singing the country's iconic national anthem and waving the tricolor flag as they passed the presidential palace.

Protesters of the Yellow West go down the Champs Elysees on Saturday. IAN LANGSDON / EPA

The storefronts on the world-famous street – the scene of clashes between protesters and the police last week – were barricaded behind plywood panels as preparations for even more violence.

According to the authorities, hundreds of people were already in detention when police fired tear gas at demonstrators.

Officials said they intended to station 8,000 police in the capital on Saturday when Interior Minister Christophe Castaner warned that "ultra-violent people" would try "According to the information we have, some are becoming radicalized and rebellious try to mobilize tomorrow, "said Castaner in a press conference on Friday.

The glittering museums and galleries of Paris – including the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower – said they would not open their doors to the usual tourists of the season.

Football matches were also referred to as Akros The Land.

As the Parisians prepared for another weekend of destruction, the vast majority who spoke to NBC News on Friday said they supported the ills of the so-called Yellow Jackets.


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