PParis and cities around France are once again gearing up for another Saturday of “yellow vest” protests which on previous weekends have been marred by severe violence, looting and ransacking of shops. Police will once again be out in force.
Paris Chief of Police, Michel Delpuech, said he plans to “deploy a number of police similar to last week in terms of resources, strength and strategy” on Saturday.
This means 8,000 police officers including the CRS, or riot police, and police on horseback in the capital, as well as 14 armoured vehicles among other resources. Around the country 89,000 officers will be on duty.
From Friday evening onwards police will carry out inspections in stations, on roads and in the streets to prevent protesters from bringing weapons into the capital.