Fearing "Act IV" of unrest, France to close Eiffel Tower, Louvre, at weekend

  • Friday 07, December 2018 in 12:19 PM
  • A general view during a demonstration at the Place de l'Etoile in Paris with the Eiffel tower in the background
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: France will close the Eiffel Tower and other tourism landmarks in Paris and draft in thousands more security forces on Saturday to stave off another wave of violent protests in the country over living costs.
With protesters from the "yellow vest" movement calling on social media for "Act IV" - a fourth weekend of protest - Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 89,000 police nationwide would be deployed to stop a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem across France.
 
About 8,000 of these would be deployed in Paris where rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron. 
 
Seeking to regain the initiative after weeks of civil unrest, the government appeared ready to offer concessions.