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Police prepared as further Paris 'yellow vest' protests predicted this weekend

A protester wearing a yellow vest makes a fire near a makeshift shelter at a roundabout near the Nantes Atlantique Airport as the
A protester wearing a yellow vest makes a fire near a makeshift shelter at a roundabout near the Nantes Atlantique Airport as the "yellow vests" movement continues, in Bouguenais, France, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A protester wears a yellow vest at a CGT labour union demonstration to protest against the French government's reforms in Paris, France, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A slogan reading "Don't Give Up" is seen on a yellow vest worn by protester at a roundabout in Somain, France, December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
A protester wearing a yellow vest stands inside a makeshift shelter at a roundabout near the Nantes Atlantique Airport as the "yellow vests" movement continues, in Bouguenais, France, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A man wearing a yellow vest and holding a French flag stands on a bridge near the Nantes Atlantique Airport as the "yellow vests" movement continues, in Bouguenais, France, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A yellow vest is seen in a display of a shop at downtown in Cairo, Egypt, December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A yellow vest is seen in a display of a shop at downtown in Cairo, Egypt, December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Armoured vehicles and thousands of officers are to be deployed again in Paris on Saturday and Sunday as police anticipate a fifth straight weekend of violent protests.

Police chief Michel Delpuech told RTL radio that security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles again in the city.

A protester wears a yellow vest at a CGT labour union demonstration to protest against the French government's reforms in Paris, France, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A protester wears a yellow vest at a CGT labour union demonstration to protest against the French government's reforms in Paris, France, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Mr Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals, who last weekend roamed streets around the Champs Elysees, causing damage and looting.

Police arrested more than 1,000 people in Paris last weekend and 135 people were injured, including 17 police officers

A yellow vest is seen in a display of a shop at downtown in Cairo, Egypt, December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A yellow vest is seen in a display of a shop at downtown in Cairo, Egypt, December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A sixth "yellow vest" protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock.

Despite calls from authorities urging protesters - who wear the fluorescent safety vests that France requires drivers to keep in their cars - to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.

A man wearing a yellow vest and holding a French flag stands on a bridge near the Nantes Atlantique Airport as the
A man wearing a yellow vest and holding a French flag stands on a bridge near the Nantes Atlantique Airport as the "yellow vests" movement continues, in Bouguenais, France, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

"Last week, we pretty much handled the yellow vests but we also witnessed scenes of breakage and looting by criminals," Mr Delpuech said. "Our goal will be to better control this aspect."

In an effort to defuse the tensions sweeping the country, president Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he is partially responsible for the anger behind the anti-government protests.

A protester wearing a yellow vest stands inside a makeshift shelter at a roundabout near the Nantes Atlantique Airport as the
A protester wearing a yellow vest stands inside a makeshift shelter at a roundabout near the Nantes Atlantique Airport as the "yellow vests" movement continues, in Bouguenais, France, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

He has announced a series of measures aimed at improving French workers' spending power but has refused to reinstate a wealth tax.

Many protesters have expressed disappointment at the measures and some trade unions are now calling for rolling strikes across the country.

"The best action is to go on strike," said Philippe Martinez, head of leftist trade union CGT. "There are inequalities in this country and we need to make big company bosses pay."

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