France to crack down on unauthorised protests, Europe News & Top Stories

Posted January 11, 2019

He further stressed that France will support a "new law punishing those who don't respect the requirement to declare [protests], those who take part in unauthorized demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations wearing face masks".

The new law would ban troublemakers-who Philippe called "casseurs", or thugs-from protests and crack down on people at demonstrations who hide their faces with masks. "[French President Emmanuel] Macron's government is not up to expectations and some policies are de facto unsafe, not just for the French, but for Europe".

Several men driving a forklift truck also smashed open the doors of the ministry of government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux in Paris, who denounced the break-in as an "unacceptable attack on the republic".

The former heavyweight boxer had been sought by the authorities after video emerged of him hitting a police officer while other protestors aim kicks at the policeman.

The French premier asserted that 80,000 members of security forces will be deployed at the countrywide protests to take place Saturday.

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The images of renewed violence and destruction in Paris on Saturday underscored the difficulty of containing a leaderless movement that appeared to be petering out at the end of 2018 but has since gained new momentum.

Opinion polls last month saw Macron's popularity at its lowest level, with support from just about a quarter of respondents.

Police were forced to retreat as Dettinger vaulted onto the bridge and repeatedly punched the officer despite the cop being fully clad in protective riot armor.

Dettinger turned himself in on Monday, saying he was trying to defend himself and other demonstrators, though he acknowledged: "I reacted badly".

Christophe Dettinger handed himself to police and was immediately detained. Protesters were looking to breathe new life into the yellow vest movement, named after the fluorescent protective gear French motorists must keep in their cars. "I have the anger of the people in me ... it's always the little people who pay".

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"Faced with ultra-violence, we need to be ultra-severe".

"In France, as in Italy, politics has become deaf to the needs of citizens who have been kept out of the most important decisions affecting the people".

Luigi Di Maio, the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the 5-Star Movement (M5S), likened the French "yellow vests" to his own political movement.

The protests started in November to oppose fuel tax hikes and have expanded into broader public rejections of Macron's economic policies, deemed to favor the rich.

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