France to close Eiffel Tower, Louvre, fearing new ‘yellow vest’ unrest


By Richard Lough and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) – France will close the Eiffel Tower and other tourism landmarks and draft in thousands more security forces on Saturday to stave off another wave of violent protests in the capital over living costs. With protesters from the “yellow vest” movement calling on social media for “Act IV” – a fourth weekend of protest – Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 89,000 police nationwide would be deployed to stop a repeat of last Saturday’s mayhem across the country and in particular Paris when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard. Seeking to regain the initiative after weeks of civil unrest, the government appeared ready to offer concessions.

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