The "yellow jackets" return to Paris. The angry protesters are mobilizing for the fourth consecutive Saturday to bend the executive to the purchasing power. "A few thousand people" are expected in Paris, including a minority of "ultraviolent people", according to the Ministry of the Interior, which is especially concerned that the violence of 1 December does not happen again. In this context, a reinforced security device will be implemented. But the multiple requests for mobilization should be a source of interruption, between reduced transport and closed shops.
Convergence towards the Champs-Élysées, but not only
On the eve of "Act IV", and despite the dozens of calls to demonstrate various broadcasts on social networks, The Avenue des Champs-Élysées seems to be the main attraction. The Paris police prefecture has asked retailers to "close (them) doors and access" and "make their staff aware of the risks involved". They were also asked to protect their stores from "possible damage by placing protective panels on the windows" and "removing the shelves, terraces, bridges, vehicles and all vulnerable objects".
As a precautionary measure, the prefecture has also classified 13 other "risky" sectors: the Place de l'Étoile, the Place Saint-Augustin, the Opera district, the Trocadero, the Place de la Concorde, the # 39; Hotel da Matignon, Place de la République, Senate, Place de la Bastille, Montparnasse, Bercy, Denfert-Rochereau and Place d'Italie. In all these places, "yellow gilets" are likely to meet, in particular Place de la Bastille. Not listed, the Saint-Lazare station should also be affected by a demonstration, on the square from 13h, officials and railway workers.
Maximum security, mobile armored
To avoid seeing again the spectacular violence of the last Parisian mobilization of the "yellow jackets" on Saturday, a reinforced security device will be put in place. In total, 89,000 policemen and gendarmes will be mobilized on Saturday in France, including 8,000 in Paris, where a dozen armored vehicles with gendarmerie wheels will be deployed, for the first time in the capital. These armored vehicles "are not the army, they are not the tanks, they are specialized means of the national gendarmerie that allow to free the barricades," said Christophe Castaner.
These extraordinary means must enable the police to better contain the thugs who want to fight. "In light of the information at our disposal, there is every reason to believe it radical, factious elements will once again try to mobilize, "the Interior Minister said on Friday, in addition, he did not" rule out "the presence of violent foreign activists," as happened in May 1 "in 1,200" blocks blacks "who had demonstrated in Paris." We fear this mobilization there, "said Christophe Castaner.
Determination of traffic restrictions
From 6 am to the dispersion of protesters, the prefecture will apply a traffic restriction plan for motorists. It will be impossible to enter and park in the following areas: Place Charles de Gaulle and the adjacent streets, Trocadero, Concorde, Madeleine, Sant 'Agostino, St-Lazare, Opera, Vendome, Louvre Rivoli, Bastille, Republic, Denfert Rochereau Place d & # 39; Italie and Montparnasse.
The subway and the RER will also be affected. About twenty subway stations will be closed to the public Saturday in Paris, announced the RATP. The Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Bastille, Concorde, Opera, Madeleine stations will be closed at 5.30 am "at the request of the police". The complete list of stations and subway and RER lines involved is available on the RATP website. Moreover, about fifty bus lines will be "diverted, limited or unexploited".
Other means of transport will also be affected. Vélib stations located in high-risk areas closed gradually from Thursday to prevent bicycles from being damaged by demonstrators. The city of Paris has published a map of the interested stations, available here. As for Cityscoot, the self-service scooter service is working to get its two wheels out of the sectors in question.
Shops closed, events canceled
For fear of new excesses, many buildings in the capital will remain closed on Saturday. A dozen museums (including the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Grand Palais, the Musée de l'Homme or the Museum of Modern Art) have decided not to open their doors, as well as other sites very important. iconic tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower (already closed on Saturday November 24th) and the Catacombs. The Arc de Triomphe, damaged last week, will remain closed.
No opera or football. Among the shows, the Opéra, the Marigny Theater, the Comédie-Française (Salle Richelieu and Studio Théâtre, but not Le Vieux Colombier) and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées have canceled their performances. In addition, the first edition of the INASOUND electronic music festival, which was held this weekend at the Palais Brongniart (formerly the Paris Bourse), has been postponed to spring. PSG-Montpellier match scheduled at the Parc des Princes it was also postponed to avoid dispersing the police.
Finally, the Saturday walk path planned for Saturday has been modified to keep the event off the Champs-Élysées. It will start at 2 pm from Nation and will end with a demonstration on the Place de la République, when it originally had to leave from Trocadero, towards the Campo di Marte. On the other hand, there will be no public event for the Telethon: the France Télévisions, which will be installed at the Place de la Concorde, will be replaced by a studio shoot; and the "March of rare diseases" scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Luxembourg Garden has been canceled. Same decision for the traditional "Christmas of the animals" of the SPA, which was to take place in the Republic.
Better to postpone your Christmas purchases. On the shopping side, all the Printemps and Citadium stores will keep their grills down, as well as the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann and Montparnasse and BHV Marais. A shot at two weeks of Christmas. Several Saturday morning markets have already been canceled: Saint-Honoré, Baudoyer, Aligre, Cours de Vincennes, Ledru-Rollin, Edgar-Quinet, President Wilson and Saint-Didier. At this point, we must add all the small shops that they prefer not to risk.