Paris under threats of riots, French President led a crisis meeting

Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel taxes, gather at the Place de l'Etoile near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, led to a crisis meeting after anti-government protesters caused widespread destruction over the capital and left hundredths of them injured.

After attending G20 summit in Argentina, Macron led a meeting in Paris presidential palace with the Prime Minister, interior minister and also top security service officials. The government has not yet imposed state of emergency in the country.

Rioters has scrawled the graffiti and also ransacked the reception and ticketing area at the Arc de Triomphe. Macron has earlier judged the damage. He also saw burnt-out cars’ wreckage and debris from the riots sites.

412 people were arrested, said Paris police. It also said about 378 were remained in custody, who were the perpetrators of the worst clashes in the years.

Including 23 security forces, 263 people were injured in nationwide. Before flying back to Paris, Macros told reporters in Argentina, “I will never accept violence.”

Macron said, “No cause justifies that authorities are attacked, that businesses are plundered, that passers-by or journalists are threatened or that the Arc du Triomphe is defiled.”

The “yellow vest” protest is a result of hike in fuel taxes.  About 6 building were lighted up with fire, said the interior minister.

While talked about a state of emergency, police union alliance Castaner said, “Nothing is taboo for me. I am prepared to examine everything.”

Though, some representatives has asserted for a public talk to be broadcasted on TV. Spokesperson Benjamin Griveanux on Sunday, said, “We have said that we won’t change course. Because the course is good.”

Macron refused to take back his decision of imposing taxes on fuels and said it is necessary in order to fund low-emission economy of our country.


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