For the first time since the beginning of the “Yellow West” crisis, the French government is cracking down and threatening to ban demonstrations. If extreme violence emerges again, it will not allow in the areas previously affected by the violence so far, announced Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday. Even the Paris police chief Michel Delpuech must take his hat off after the repeated escalation of violence.
The government has admitted mistakes in the police strategy. The security concept had “dysfunctions”, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said. On Saturday, there were again violent riots of the “yellow vest” around the Parisian boulevard Champs-Elysees – restaurants were devastated, looted stores, cars and newsstands lit. The French government and President Emmanuel Macron came under massive pressure.
Special attention had a video of the online platform Brut aroused. This shows how a riot police in the looted fan shop of the football first division Paris Saint-Germain shirts in a backpack. The film ends when another policeman treats the cameraman with his baton. The General Inspectorate of the National Police opened internal investigations, as it was called on Sunday evening by the Paris prefecture.
According to the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a total of 91 stores were damaged, looted or set on fire. Among them are many international chains. Rioters hit Boss Scheiben, fashion chain, shops of Zara and Lacoste were plundered. A store of luxury bag brand Longchamp was lit.
Areas affected by the ban on demonstrations include the splendid boulevard Champs-Elysees in Paris, the Pey-Berland square in Bordeaux and the Place du Capitole in Toulouse. At the same time, they wanted to continue protecting the right to demonstrate, Philippe said. However, demonstrations would have to be peaceful. Police President Delpuech is to be replaced by the prefect of the Gironde department, Didier Lallement. The Council of Ministers will formally appoint him on Wednesday.
Philippe also asked Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet to increase fines for participating in unauthorized demonstrations. There will be future special forces against rioters, drones and video technology will be used, said the Prime Minister.