Posts tagged as gilets jaunes

France to deploy military anti-terror force at Gilets Jaunes march

Friday, March 22, 2019

The French government is to deploy its military anti-terror force as reinforcement during Act 19 of Saturday’s Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests, President Emmanuel Macron decided on Wednesday. “The president has requested emergency measures to toughen the security by the armed forces”, Benjamin Griveaux, the spokesperson for the French Elysee Palace, said on Wednesday. The yellow vests, he said, “are not protesters, but rioters”. Alongside the deployment of the French…

‘Gilets jaunes’: Five takeaways from Macron’s address

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation amid criticism that he has failed to act over the crisis sparked by his economic reforms. Here are the key takeaways from his speech. ‘I take my share of responsibility for this’ In the long-awaited speech, Macron said protesters’ anger and indignation was “deep, and in many ways legitimate” but “no anger justifies attacking a police officer, a gendarme or damaging a shop…

France to deploy 65,000 security personnel for next ‘gilets jaunes’ protest

Thursday, December 6, 2018

France will deploy 65,000 security personnel on Saturday for more protests from the ‘gilets jaunes’ (‘yellow vest’) movement. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe told French senators on Thursday that ‘exceptional measures’ were being put in place for the demonstrations. France has been rocked by consecutive weekends of demonstrations from the ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters. The movement began online over moves to raise a fuel tax but have since snowballed into anger over…