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French govt says no plans currently for state of emergency

AFP  |  Paris 

The French has no plans currently to impose a over the "yellow vest" protests which caused chaos and destruction in over the weekend, said Monday.

"It's one option among others, but for now it's not on the table," Nunez told radio, after calls by several police unions for expanded powers to contain the demonstrations.

States of emergency were imposed after nationwide riots in 2005 by youths in poor suburbs, and after the jihadist attacks in in November 2015.

Many of the provisions, including expanded ID checks and restrictions on public gatherings, were incorporated into a new security pushed through by when the emergency measures were lifted last year.

Some of the "yellow vest" demonstrators have already called for a third round of protests in on Saturday, despite the violence over the weekend when dozens of vehicles were burned and shops vandalised.

Asked about the possibility that the next protest would be banned, Nunez said: "We'd have to be capable of stopping it, because these are determined people who would come anyway."

He claimed that some of last Saturday's protesters "clearly intended to kill", citing the seizure of hammers and among some of the 412 people arrested, and the near-lynching of a near the war memorial.

The is holding crisis talks Monday with leaders of other political parties on how to respond to the grassroot protests, which erupted last month after months of simmering anger across much of the country over fuel tax increases.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:25 IST
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