PARIS — Dec 7, 2018, 11:26 AM ET

Paris braces for another day of Yellow Jackets violence as Eiffel Tower, museums plan to close

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Some of the most famous tourist sites in Paris plan to close on Saturday as the French capital braces for a violent day of protest for the third consecutive weekend.

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The Eiffel Tower announced on its Twitter account that it will remain closed on Saturday "due to the demonstrations that will be taking place in Paris." The Eiffel Tower's operating company, SETE, said in a statement that it could not ensure the security of visitors.

In addition, French culture minster Franck Riester told French radio outlet RTL that other popular tourist sites, including the Louvre museum, the Orsay museum, the two Paris operas, and the Grand Palais, will all remain closed on Saturday.

"We cannot take the risk when we know the threat," Riester told RTL.

PHOTO: School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018.Thibault Camus/AP
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018.

Saturday's protests are the latest part of the Yellow Jackets movement, named after the neon-yellow security vests demonstrators have been wearing and that motorists are required by law to have in their vehicles.

PHOTO: Protesters wearing yellow vests wave flares and French flags near the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.Yoan Valat/EPA via Shutterstock
Protesters wearing yellow vests wave flares and French flags near the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.

The nationwide protests started in small urban and rural areas of the country in response to a proposed fuel hike, and demonstrators have been blocking roads over the past three weeks. Since then, the protests have swelled in size and taken on the cost of living in France, high taxes in general and French President Emmanuel Macron's policies. The Yellow Jackets movement has no clear leader and has attracted groups of people with a wide variety of demands.

In anticipation of Saturday's protests, multiple stores and restaurants around the famous Champs Elysees Avenue will also remain closed. On Friday, workers were seen preparing and securing the area by barricading shop windows.

PHOTO: Workers carry a wooden piece to protect shop windows on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris.Francois Mori/AP
Workers carry a wooden piece to protect shop windows on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that 89,000 security forces will be mobilized on Saturday, with 8,000 policemen deployed in Paris alone, as well as a dozen armored vehicles.

PHOTO: Demonstrators destroy cars during a protest of Yellow vests against rising oil prices and living costs, near the Champs Elysees in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.Lucas Barioulet/AFP/Getty Images, FILE
Demonstrators destroy cars during a protest of Yellow vests against rising oil prices and living costs, near the Champs Elysees in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.

During protests in Paris last Saturday, people threw projectiles at French security forces, burned dozens of cars, set up barricades and broke store windows and looted. It was one of the most violent protests France has seen in recent years.

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  • Mona

    Contrary to what many of these stories want you to believe, it's not just the gas tax, The French have recently been taxed and taxed to death, and this is just the straw breaking the camel's back. The country has a high rate of illegal immigration, with a generous welfare state, and the "redistribution of wealth" has reached saturation point. It's a wake up call to the ardent socialists, of Maggie Thatcher's observation that socialism is great until you run out of other people's money.
    NBC news has a detailed article today by Saphora Smith detailing this- obviously this site forbids links.

  • Mike Hogan

    It's frustrating that average Joe reader here in America doesn't get the full story. Is the working class truly getting screwed on taxes while the wealthy get the breaks? Or are the protesters mainly a bunch of thugs who want to freeload off the government? We'll likely never know. All we can do is form an opinion based on stories like this.

  • Jon

    I wont be parking my truck in Paris this weekend...

  • Sir Real

    Our police force would be busting a lot of heads.

  • Uptownman

    Of course, no mention in the article that this fiasco is based solely on Macron's attempt to impact climate change by making everyone pay more for fuel. This will pale in comparison to what would happen here if that was tried.

  • Hank R

    I wonder if the latest fuel tax has anything to do with this nonsense.

  • Omegacron

    I hate Yellow Jackets. They chase me across the yard and they sting. Yellow Jackets understand one thing, and that's violence.

  • just saying

    i think they would accomplish more by singing.

  • Rebecca Hancock

    This is a simple result of thr government trying to take away benefits and increase the tax on the average Joe so the wealth can get more money.
    In the States we cheer this way of life. In France they fight back and say NO.

  • Logic and Reason

    I hope those were their cars they destroyed. Its really hard to support them when half of the people in that photo are laughing, and smiling. All I see are a bunch of young adults being rowdy under the guise of protest.

  • FasterBadger

    I hope the protesters weren't planning to tip over the Eiffel Tower.

  • L. Gray

    It is interesting to see how much safety equipment is owned by the average french person. I wonder if that is because they have an overly paternal government. They riot with safety vests, safety googles, and reflective tape. I sure hope they wear proper footwear and ear protection for their riots.

  • Bertd

    A result of too much government and taxes pushed too far ..... a good lesson to remember.

  • mycentstoo

    I could get behind this if it weren't a bunch of socialists protesting higher taxes. When are they going to figure out that socialism is expensive? Pay attention, America.

  • TBC

    I expected this. The minute that the government folded on the gas tax, the Yellow Jackets started calling for even more concessions. The ball is rolling and it shows no signs of stopping.

  • NewsJunkie12

    They seem snobby, but you don't wanna be around when the French get riled up and take to the streets. Sometimes they start lopping off heads.

  • Rubber Banned

    Sounds more like a planned riot than a protest. This is just a mob that wants to destroy.