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Yellow vest protests: Paris police sacked, rally bans planned

18 March 2019

The French government will replace the Paris police chief and ban rallies in some areas, after Saturday’s violent protests.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the authorities would act as soon as “radical groups” were identified in the worst-hit areas.

Last Saturday, rioters smashed shops on Paris’s famed Champs-Élysées.

About 10,000 people took part in the protest, a marked increase compared with similar recent rallies.

The “yellow vests” (“gilets jaunes”) began weekly protests across France four months ago, initially because of fuel tax rises. The movement escalated into a broader revolt against perceived elitism, for which activists blame President Emmanuel Macron.