Eiffel Tower to close on Saturday amid Paris riot fears

Anca Alexe 07/12/2018 | 08:08

French authorities have said the Eiffel Tower in Paris would be closed on Saturday as they expect further violence from the “yellow vest” protesters, the BBC reports.

Shops, restaurants and museums on Champs-Elysees have also been urged to stay closed during the protests. A number of football matches have also been postponed.

Police all across the country are preparing for a massive protest turnout on Saturday, and law enforcement will have 89,000 officers on duty as well as armoured vehicles in the capital.

Although the government has announced that it would scrap the planned fuel tax increase, the original trigger for the protest, other reasons for discontent with the government are keeping the protesters active.

Last week, although it has no central leadership, the yellow vest movement issued more than 40 new demands to the government, including minimum pensions, changes to the tax system and a reduction of retirement age.

 

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