Saturday protest in Paris placed under high security

2018-05-04 17:11
French police officers stand next to the Eiffel tower on the sideline of a gathering to protest French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to revamp national railway company in Paris. (Michel Euler, AP)

French police officers stand next to the Eiffel tower on the sideline of a gathering to protest French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to revamp national railway company in Paris. (Michel Euler, AP)

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The head of Paris police says about 2 000 police officers will be deployed to ensure security in the French capital during an anti-government protest on Saturday.

Prefect Michel Delpuech promised on Friday in a news conference a "powerful and consistent" effort, four days after May Day protests turned violent in the French capital.

Authorities blamed the violence on masked attackers from a libertarian group called the Black Blocs that numbered around 1 200 people in total. Six cars were burned, a McDonald's restaurant was smashed up and automobile shops were vandalised.

Delpuech said "there is every reason to think" violent individuals will try to disturb Saturday's protest.

The march, supported by far-left party France Insoumise ("Rebel France"), aims at denouncing French President Emmanuel Macron's economic changes, almost one year after his election.

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