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    Thousands of Paris police deployed over ‘yellow vest’ clash fears

    PARIS (AFP) – More than 7,000 police officers were deployed for rallies in Paris yesterday over fears that yellow vest protesters and their radical, anarchist “black blocs” could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital.

    The yellow vest movement erupted 10 months ago and blindsided President Emmanuel Macron, who protesters accused of being out of touch with the needs of ordinary French people.

    Their weekly demonstrations prompted Macron to loosen the state’s purse strings to the tune of nearly EUR17 billion in wage boosts and tax cuts for low earners, but tapered off over the summer.

    Fresh yellow vest rallies were planned for yesterday but it remains to be seen whether the movement will regain the momentum of the winter and early spring, when the protests often descended into violent clashes with security forces, especially in Paris.

    Macron on Friday called for “calm”, saying that while “it’s good that people express themselves”, they should not disrupt a climate protest and cultural events.

    A French gendarme stands guard in front of the Arc de Triomphe before an anti-government demonstration called by the yellow vest movement in Paris. PHOTO: AFP

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