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Paris tourist sites to close amid protest fears

IANS  |  Paris 

Tourist sites, including the Museum and the Tower, in will be closed over the weekend amid fears of further street violence due to "yellow vests" anti-government protests.

said the government was deploying 89,000 troops across -- including 8,000 in the capital -- in case the demonstrations turn violent again, the reported on Friday.

Many of the capital's famed sites -- including the Louvre, the Tower, the Musee Delacroix and the Opera -- will close over the weekend in advance of the protests, organized by the "gilets jaunes" or "yellow vests" movement against rising and taxes on polluting forms of transport.

Philippe urged for calm but added: "We are facing people who are not here to protest, but to smash and we want to have the means to not give them a free rein."

Four people have died, 630 people arrested and more than 260 injured in the unrest that have been continuing for the past three weekends. Officials said that the deaths were accidental as three of them resulted from traffic accidents related to the blockades.

The fourth death was of an 80-year-old woman who died in after being hit by a tear that came through her window.

The demonstrations started as a form of grassroots opposition to rising and planned increases in taxes on polluting forms of transport, but they have since evolved into broader demonstrations against the government of

The police on Friday asked stores and restaurants along the Champs-Elysees and other major shopping streets to stay closed and to remove any outdoor items such as tables and chairs.

A series of football matches scheduled to be held on Saturday were postponed. They included those between and Montpellier, and Nice, and Lyon, and and Marseille, reports said.



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 17:18 IST