Yellow Vest Protests Prompt France to Ban Some Demonstrations
By Elian Peltier
March 18, 2019
PARIS — French officials said on Tuesday that they would ban potentially violent protests in key areas like the Champs-Élysées in Paris, following a surge of violence during Yellow Vest demonstrations over the weekend that led to intense criticism of the government’s handling of security around tourist neighborhoods and wealthier areas.
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in a televised statement from Paris that after “intolerable” events over the weekend, the government had decided to ban any future Yellow Vest demonstrations “in the areas that have been most targeted,” if authorities became aware of “extremist elements” that intended to vandalize.
Mr. Philippe said one of those areas would be the Champs-Élysées, a major avenue in western Paris with luxury stores and tourist attractions that has become a focal point for the protests.