Demonstrations in France: violence and arrests at Schüler-Protest - tagesschau.de

The French government has no protests under control. The situation is also intensifying in schools. But the biggest clashes could be imminent.

The protests against the French government are expanding. In demonstrations against school reforms, 146 people were arrested. These were mainly students protesting near a Mantes-la-Jolie school near Paris. The students rebelled in the place, says the police.

From mid-November, the "yellow jackets" in France protest against higher taxes. He came again and again to violent clashes.

Blocks from Monday

From Monday students and students are blocking educational institutions. If the Minister of Education does not give a strong response soon, there will be deaths, said National Student Union President Louis Boyard, the BFMTV station. He feared violence during the protests and at the same time called for calm.

According to the issuer, around 100 schools in the greater Paris area were affected by the actions. There were also protests in the universities. Some areas of the Paris Sorbonne University have remained closed. According to media reports, several people had previously tried to occupy parts of the university.

In cities like Marseille and Bordeaux, protesters set fire to garbage cans and cars and clashed with police.


The announcement of Macron does not reassure

The announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron to suspend the planned tax increases for petrol and diesel for the year 2019 does not seem to calm the "yellow jackets". At the same time, the protest was ignited by these increases.

France is preparing for more clashes next weekend. Several 1,000 violent criminals were targeted at clashes in Paris, according to a statement from the Eliseo building, the official residence of the president.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe invited the French not to participate in the demonstrations announced by the "yellow jackets". "Do not play those who are already preparing to spread disorder and chaos," he said.

Law number four

On the last three Saturdays, protest spokesmen have called for demonstrations in Paris. Last Saturday, he had arrived at the worst clashes in recent decades.

Now the "yellow jackets" required act number four, as he says in the relevant Facebook groups.

In the center of power

This time, they want to push to the center of power, as one of their spokesmen, Éric Drouet, silently announced in an argument broadcast on French television. As a target for the demonstrations, he gave the Élysée Palace.

What they want to do there, was asked by the rather perplexed moderator. "Let's go in. This is the symbol of the Republic," Drouet replied. "People want to go there, that's all." The authorities want to offer everything to the security forces, which is available.

In the meantime, several football matches have been canceled. These include the Friday match between AS Monaco and OGC Nice. A game originally scheduled for Sunday's match between AS Saint-Etienne and Olympique Marseille has been postponed.

With information from Martin Bohne, ARD Studio Paris

Deutschlandfunk reported on this topic at 6:19 pm on 6 December 2018.

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