Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

The French government was considering a law to toughen sanctions against undeclared protests in order to stop a repeat of violence that marred "yellow vest" demonstrations in recent weeks, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Monday.

The new legislation is set to ban known "troublemakers" from participating in protests, in the same way known football hooligans have been prevented from attending matches in stadiums in the past.

The onus would be on "the troublemakers, and not taxpayers, to pay for the damage caused" to businesses and property during the protests, Philippe added.

Numerous "yellow vest" demonstrators are demanding that centrist President Emmanuel Macron resign, a call dismissed as undemocratic by the government.

Philippe said 80,000 members of the security forces would be deployed for the next expected wave of protests, adding that "those who question our institutions will not have the last word".

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

In another video, wearing a black hat and gloves, he kicks a police officer lying on the ground.

Christophe Dettinger turned himself in to police on Monday.

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The interior ministry put the number of protesters who took to the streets on Saturday at 50,000, compared with 32,000 on Dec 29 when the movement appeared to be weakening after holding a series of weekly Saturday protests since mid-November.

"I was gassed with my friend, my wife, and at some point I was taken over by anger, so yes I acted badly".

Many protesters claim they are simply responding to police violence, pointing to a video showing a police captain hitting protesters in the southern city of Toulon at the weekend, and their heavy use of teargas and rubber bullets.

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

Like in Italy, where the rather populist left-wing movement formed an alliance with the far-right to govern, the "yellow vests" movement attracts both the far-left, which unreservedly supports them, and the far-right, which has had a strong presence in violent demonstrations.

Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio said his 5-Star Movement shares a quest for "direct democracy in Europe" with the French protesters.

Some yellow vest protesters are consider launching their own bid, which potentially could shuffle the cards.

Macron's government has been shaken by the unrest, caught off-guard when in November the yellow vests began blocking roads, occupying highway tollbooths and staging violent invasions of Paris and other cities on weekends.

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