France May impose emergency

France may impose emergency after Yellow shirt and other protesters have escalated to daily tussle.

French Police struggled to contain masked, black-clad groups ran amok across central Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, looting shops, smashing windows and fighting police in the worst unrest the capital has seen since 1968, posing the most formidable challenge Emmanuel Macron has faced in his 18-month-old presidency.

Disturbances also rocked several cities and towns and across France – from Charleville Mezieres in the northeast to Nantes in the west and Marseille in the south.

“We have to think about the measures that can be taken so that these incidents don’t happen again,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told Europe 1 radio.

The popular rebellion erupted out of nowhere on Nov. 17 and has spread quickly via social media, with protesters blocking roads across France and impeding access to shopping malls, factories and some fuel depots.

Further media reports One motorist died overnight after colliding with traffic which had built up due to a protest near Arles in southern France, marking the third accidental death associated with the protests.

As per  French interior ministry, around 136,000 demonstrators took to the streets across France on Saturday. The headcount was significantly lower than for the first “Yellow Vest” protest, which drew roughly 300,000, and comparable to last week’s which drew 106,000.

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