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France Vandalized by 18th Consecutive Wave of Yellow Vest Protests

Week after week, as anguish of the protestors increases, every attempt made by the French President Emmanuel Macron to mellow the yellow vest protest is going into vain. Completing its 18th consecutive weekend of protests last Saturday, the protest witnessed demonstrators riot over everything that came their way. From smashing shops to vandalizing buildings, and lighting fires, almost everything that came their way was torn down to the size of shrimps.

Shell shocked by the terror on display, the Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said, the authorities would act as soon as “radical groups” were identified in the worst-hit areas.

The French government following such violent display also announced that it will replace the Paris police chief and ban rallies in some areas, especially after what transpired last weekend. As many as 10,000 people took part in the protest; a non-benevolent rise in the number troubling the French authorities.

The protests began across France four months ago, initially because of fuel tax rises. The movement escalated on a mass level as mutineers revolted against perceived favoritism, blaming Macron in the process.

In a televised statement on Monday, Philippe said: “From next Saturday, we will ban ‘yellow vest’ protests in neighborhoods that have been the worst hit as soon as we see signs of the presence of radical groups and their intent to cause damage.” The announcement means that restrictions would apply to Paris and other cities.

According to BBC’s Schofield in Paris reports, the responsibility of the attacks was billed on organized groups of ultra-left radicals.

Besides, the police during the demonstrations seemed on back foot, despite making valiant attempts to stop the rioting. According to one explanation, this was because the sheriffs were reluctant to use their more powerful anti-riot ammunition, which can cause injuries. However, they still used water cannons and tear gas to disseminate the crowd, getting hold of more than 120 people in the process.

Macron promised wage rise last year in order to control the situation. However, his promises have proved good for nothing. The French President was also reportedly on a skiing holiday and had to cut it short because of the protests.

Further, in his response he vowed “tough” actions. “Now that’s the end. I demand that such scenes must not be repeated, especially on that [Champs-Élysées] avenue,” he added condemning the protests.

Nonetheless, whether Macron’s vow to control protestors anguish ends up offering any real benefits or not is yet to be witnessed.

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