France mulls state of emergency amid Yellow Vest protests

Paris: The French government will consider imposing a state of emergency in the wake of ‘yellow vest’ protests across the country over fuel price hike and economic policies, spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Sunday.

According to Sputnik, Griveaux informed that French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner would discuss all options available to them at a meeting later today.

France’s capital has been witnessing widespread violent protests lately with agitators resorting to looting and vandalising shops, setting cars and buildings ablaze and fighting with the police. Ruckus was also created in several other cities and towns across France including Charleville Mezieres, Nantes and Marseille.

Responding to these protests, Griveaux while speaking to Europe 1 radio said, “We have to think about the measures that can be taken so that these incidents don’t happen again.”

Earlier in November, the French President had strongly condemned the violent protests and tweeted, “Shame on those who attacked them (law enforcement officials). Shame on those who have abused other citizens and journalists. Shame on those who have tried to intimidate elected officials. No room for this violence in the Republic.”

Over 4,500 officers have been deployed in the French capital to contain around 10,000 protestors.

As of now, more than 132 people from various protests have been apprehended across France.