Friday, 7 December 2018 11:49 WIB |
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday that more than 89,000 police would be deployed to prevent another outbreak of violence during upcoming protests.
The announcement was made despite President Emmanuel Macron's decision Wednesday to abandon a fuel tax hike that has sparked weeks of unrest.
Last Saturday, the worst rioting in Paris in decades broke out, with rioters burning cars and looting stores on Paris' famed Champs-Elysees boulevard.
Government officials are concerned that a repeat of Saturday's violence would weaken the economy and raise doubts about the government's survival.
The Eiffel Tower, museums and shops will be closed Saturday and at least four first-division football matches have been canceled.
The protests erupted in November over the fuel tax increase, which was part of Macron's plan to combat global warming.
After Macron scrapped the increase, protesters made new demands to address other economic issues hurting workers, retirees and students.