PM suggests crackdown on gilets jaunes violence
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to announce a package of measures to combat the increasing conflict at weekend demonstrations of the Yellow Vest movement.
"Following unacceptable violence across France, the government plans to respond decisively," said a statement from the prime minister's office.
Around 50,000 people took part in “act eight” on 5 January in several cities including Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier. More than 340 people were arrested with 281 detained, according to figures released by the French interior ministry.
In the most serious flashpoints during "act eight", a group of gilets jaunes smashed down door at the town hall in Rennes and in Dijon, a policeman was hit with an iron bar during an attack on a police barracks.
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