The President of France Emmanuel Macron has responded to the ongoing in the Republic protests of dissatisfied with the increase in gasoline prices.
“Thanks to our law enforcement agencies for their courage and professionalism. Shame on those who attacked them, ” the head of state wrote on his official Twitter page. “Shame”, according to Macron, also deserve those” who caused harm to other citizens and journalists, “and those “who tried to intimidate elected officials.” “There is no place for this violence in the Republic,” the French President concluded.
Last Saturday, November 24, the French Ministry of the interior counted 1,619 demonstrations throughout France. Participants of the action in Paris built barricades on the Champs Elysees, broken bus stops, beat shop Windows and entered into a confrontation with the police. The latter responded with tear gas and flash grenades. Law enforcement officers tried the protesters to push away from government buildings.
In total, 106.3 thousand people took part in the protests across France on November 24, according to the estimates of the local Ministry of internal Affairs, 130 of them were in police departments.
Protest demonstrations in France began after the local government announced its intention to raise the tax on diesel and gasoline next year. This should lead to higher prices. The authorities explained their decision by the struggle for environmental protection.
Demonstrations dissatisfied with this decision are held in the country for the second consecutive weekend. 17 November on the streets, according to local police, took 282 thousand people. As a protest against the increase in gasoline prices, they dressed in yellow vests and tried to block the roads around France.