World 08-12-2018

Сaos in Paris: the 'yellow vests' protest in France for the fourth consecutive week

At this time in Paris there are new protests against the increase in gasoline prices.

The protests of the 'yellow vests' - so called because the activists wear high visibility garments on the road - began on November 17 as demonstrations against the rise in the price of fuel, but quickly spread to other issues such as new taxes. and the decrease in purchasing power.

More than 480 people were arrested in protests by supporters of the yellow vests movement in the French capital, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.

"548 people were arrested in Paris, 272 of them were taken into custody," he told BFMTV television.

Police use tear gas against demonstrators in Paris.

The department stores of Paris, including Galeries Lafayette, BHV Marais and Printemps, decided to close their doors because of these protests. It was also announced that some of the main monuments of the gala capital, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Opera House and the Louvre Museum, will also remain closed that day.

In addition, several concerts and sporting events were canceled. Circulation in the capital is restricted.

It was later reported that the number of people arrested in Paris has increased to 615, of whom at least 500 have been taken into police custody.

Meanwhile, throughout the country the number of detainees exceeded a bar of 1,000, the newspaper reported, specifying that 720 of them have been taken into police custody.

The number of people injured in the protests of yellow vests against the increase in fuel prices in Paris this Saturday rose to 55, the BFMTV network reported, citing the Paris police prefecture.

"55 injured in Paris, including three police officers", presented updated information on the BFMTV network.

The number of detainees in Paris has increased to 673, of which at least 551 have been taken into police custody.

Meanwhile, a Sputnik correspondent reported that the protesters destroyed a Starbacks café and shops next to the Saint-Lazare station in Paris, throwing stones and iron bars.

On December 4, the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, announced the suspension of the increase in fuel taxes, which was to be applied as of January 1, 2019, for a period of six months. He also assured that the rates electricity and gas will not increase during the next winter.

The next day, the Minister of Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, declared that the increase in taxes is canceled for the whole year 2019.

However, the protests led to clashes with the security forces, the destruction of shops and banks and the burning of cars.


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