(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: LOCKDOWN ON STREETS: As police and security officers prepare for another onslaught by ‘ Yellow-Vest ‘ protestors in this and other cities across the country as people board u p their shops to avoid instances of looting #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.09: Paris was in lockdown early on Saturday with thousands of security officers braced to meet renewed rioting by “yellow vest” protesters in the capital and other French cities, in a fourth weekend of confrontation over living costs: The Eiffel Tower and other tourist landmarks were shut, shops were boarded up to avoid looting and street furniture was removed to avoid metal bars from being used as projectiles………..About 89,000 police were deployed across the country………..Of these, about 8,000 were deployed in Paris to avoid a repeat of last Saturday’s mayhem, when 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……….Protesters using social media have billed the weekend as “Act IV” in a dramatic challenge to Mr Macron and his policies…………..The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets French motorists have to keep in their cars, erupted in November over the squeeze on household budgets caused by fuel taxes #AceNewsDesk reports

One protester in a yellow vest raises his hand with a sign in the background reading 'Macron Resign' in French.Photo: Protesters wearing yellow vests occupy a traffic island in front of a sign with the slogan “Macron Resign”. (Reuters: Pascal Rossignol)

Demonstrations have since swelled into a broad, sometimes-violent rebellion against Mr Macron — a challenge made more difficult to handle since the movement has no formal leader: Authorities say the protests have been hijacked by far-right and anarchist elements bent on violence and stirring up social unrest in a direct affront to Mr Macron and the security forces………Nonetheless, the 40-year-old Mr Macron, whose popularity is at a low ebb according to polls, has been forced into making the first major U-turn of his presidency by abandoning a fuel tax.

French president Emmanuel Macron speaks with his palms up ahead of G20 summit in ArgentinaPhoto: Mr Macron is facing a growing tide of public dissatisfaction. (AP: Natacha Pisarenko)

Despite the climbdown, the “yellow vests” continue to demand more concessions from the Government, including lower taxes, higher salaries, cheaper energy costs, better retirement provisions and even Mr Macron’s resignation: One of them, Eric Drouet, a truck driver, called on protesters to storm into the Elysee presidential palace. An Elysee official has said intelligence suggested that some protesters would come to the capital “to vandalise and to kill”.

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