‘Do not weaken’: Italy’s leaders back France’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters

‘Do not weaken’: Italy’s leaders back France’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters

Some yellow vest protesters are consider launching their own bid, which potentially could shuffle the cards.

"Yellow vest" protests against fuel taxes began in rural and small-town France in late November, but then mushroomed into a wider revolt during December against the policies and governing style of 41-year-old Macron.

Meanwhile, the Macron government has pledged to crack down on the protesters following their eighth consecutive weekend of action, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announcing on Monday that the administration is considering banning participation in unauthorised protests.

The incident was cited by the government as a sign of the violent turn demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron have taken.

"I was tear-gassed, with my friend and my wife, and at a certain point the anger just rose up inside me", said the 2007 and 2008 champion of France's light heavyweight division.

The SCSI-CFDT police union said the funds should be used to compensate the two officers targeted by Dettinger, who were removed from duty while recovering from their injuries.

"Those who question our institutions will not have the last word", Philippe said, declaring that 80,000 security forces would be deployed across the country for the next round of protests.

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"We are going to get our bread back...you're making money with our dough, and we're fed up", said protester Maxime Nicolle in a video message shared on YouTube.

Disturbing footage emerged showing police beating protesters in the southern city of Toulon, with multiple media reporting that the incident is now under investigation for brutality.

Mr Philippe told TF1 television, "Today, if we want to defend the freedom to demonstrate... we must evolve our law and supplement our legislative system".

French police signaled a tougher line last week when they arrested one of the leaders of the "yellow vests", truck driver Eric Drouet, for organizing an unauthorized demonstration. Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa told France Info radio on Tuesday.

The move led to criticism from political leaders on the far right and radical left, who have encouraged demonstrators to continue taking to the streets to underline their discontent with Macron's agenda.

The French government appears politically weakened by the yellow vest movement but can still pass new bills at parliament, where Macron's centrist party holds a strong majority.

He added that some yellow vest protesters believed that RT was the only "free media". Di Maio said Monday that his 5-Star Movement (M5S) was ready to provide support to the Yellow Vests while fellow Deputy Premier, Interior Minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini, also voiced his backing for the protests.

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