Eiffel Tower to close Saturday over planned protests in Paris

Paris riots continue despite fuel tax delay

Most French people still back the "yellow vest" protests raging across the country and even more believe government concessions to the protesters are insufficient, according to a survey published Wednesday.

Several museums and two theatres in the city centre, especially those close to the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, have announced they will not open their doors on Saturday (Sunday NZT).

The "yellow vests" in France are worrying greens around the world.

He said the Louvre museum, Orsay museum, the two operas, and the Grand Palais were among the sites that would be closed. Macron removed the tax from the 2019 budget after protests turned into a riot last weekend that led to hundreds of arrests and vandalism across Paris.

A man looks at a burned auto in a street in Paris on December 2, 2018, a day after clashes during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs.

Philippe told lawmakers he would consider new measures to help the lowest-paid workers.

Riding on the wave of the "gilet jaunes" (or "yellow vests") movement, students demanded the abandonment of changes to the exam and university entry system introduced by the Macron government previous year.

He urged "yellow vest" protesters to stay home for their own protection from those who could hijack the protests, after demonstrations in Paris last Saturday degenerated into rioting and looting.

Government officials are concerned that a repeat of Saturday's violence would weaken the economy and raise doubts about the government's survival. Teenage students blocked access to more than 200 high schools across the country on Thursday, burning garbage bins and setting a auto alight in the western city of Nantes.

"No tax is worth putting the nation's unity in danger", Philippe said in a live televised address.

Protesters celebrated the victory, but some said Macron's surrender came too late and is no longer enough to quell the mounting anger at the president, whom they consider out of touch with the problems of ordinary people.

The protests have no identifiable leadership and gained momentum via social media, encompassing a range of participants from the anarchist far left to the nationalist far right, and plenty of moderates in between.

The Paris prefecture asked local Paris authorities to prepare their districts for violence.

Right-wing populist Marine Le Pen and leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon have both encouraged the protests and called for new elections to resolve the crisis-and give themselves a shot at enhanced power.

"France is fed up!" "So far, we haven't seen an unexpected dip in tourism, people are still booking".

"These vehicles can be very useful to protect buildings", said Stanislas Gaudon, head of the Alliance police union.

As Libération, a French daily newspaper, described, the mobilization emerged without a leader or a formal demonstration, and without a specific list of demands.

Confirming that the fuel tax had been abandoned, he told senators that the calm of most protesters around the country contrasted with the "extreme violence" seen in Paris.

The one-year moratorium on fuel tax rises was announced the day after Philippe, in the first major retreat of Macron's presidency, said the January 1 fuel tax rise would be postponed for six months.

The former investment banker, who was elected after campaigning for deep pro-business economic reforms, is accused of being the "president for the rich" and of being estranged from the working classes.

In a recent television interview, the French president stressed that "I do not do policy or diplomacy via tweets".

Trouble is also brewing elsewhere for Mr. Macron.

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