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Fearing more protests, France to close Eiffel Tower, Louvre over weekend

Prime News, International (Paris), December 7:- France will close the Eiffel Tower and other tourism landmarks in Paris and draft in thousands of more security forces on Saturday to stave off another wave of violent protests in the country over living costs.

With protesters from the “yellow vest” movement calling on social media for “Act IV” – the 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 France.

About 8,000 of these would be deployed in Paris where rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron.

Seeking to regain the initiative after weeks of civil unrest, the government appeared ready to offer concessions.

Philippe told the Senate he was open to new measures to help the lowest-paid workers while Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he was prepared to accelerate tax cuts for households and that he wanted workers` bonuses to be tax-free.

“I am ready to look at all measures that will help raise the pay of those on the minimum wage without doing excessive damage to our competitiveness and businesses,” Philippe told the parliament`s upper house. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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