French Prime Minister toughens laws following Yellow Vest protests

French Prime Minister toughens laws following Yellow Vest protests

He further stressed that France will support a "new law punishing those who don't respect the requirement to declare [protests], those who take part in unauthorized demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations wearing face masks".

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in a TV interview late on Monday announced plans for legislation banning "troublemakers" from attending demonstrations.

The "yellow vest" movement mobilized through social media has forced Macron to reconsider his economic and social recipe for the eurozone's No.2 power by offering a series of concessions to appease angry citizens.

Unrest in Paris this past weekend saw rioters starting fires on the prestigious Boulevard Saint Germain, engaging in running battles with the police, and running a forklift into a government building to smash down its gates.

The French premier asserted that 80,000 members of security forces will be deployed at the countrywide protests to take place Saturday. The proportion of people who declared themselves "very dissatisfied" by his leadership jumped by six points to 45 percent. "Those who question our institutions will not have the last word", said Mr Philippe in a televised announcement of his proposals for combatting violence.

Saturday's assault by Dettinger on police blocking a bridge over the river Seine has come to symbolise the increasingly violent nature of the protests against President Emmanuel Macron's government.

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The boxer has also called upon his fellow Yellow Vests to continue their anti-government protests. The package, estimated at 10 billion euros ($11.46 billion), includes a 100-euro monthly increase to the minimum salary. The government wants to apply the same rules to all new pensioners in order to replace the dozens of different systems specific to certain jobs.

That is likely to be closely scrutinized as he prepares to bring in stricter rules for unemployment benefits and cut thousands of public sector jobs.

The protest began as a grassroots French provincial movement with people donning high-visibility jackets, which by law must be carried by every vehicle in France.

"I was at my department this afternoon when "yellow vests" smashed the gate with a construction machine found in the street", Griveaux was quoted as saying, before adding, "They also broke some windows and the ministry's cars are unusable".

However, this was the case of Luigi Di Maio, the Italian deputy prime minister and minister of labour.

The spat between the two countries threatens to worsen European Union political and economic divisions as each country exploits the other's political and socio-economic tensions while underscoring the increasingly sour relations between Paris and Rome.