France to crack down on unauthorised protests

France to crack down on unauthorised protests

Police unions warned that the fundraising legitimised violence against police.

"Contributing to a fundraising kitty to support someone who attacked an officer is tantamount to being an accomplice to these grave acts of violence", said Marlene Schiappa, junior minister for equality. It then closed the page to further cash contributions, though it said all citizens had the right to raise funds to defend themselves.

The platform did not reveal how much was raised in total, but said in a statement (in French) that it would ensure the funds would "be used only to pay for legal costs" and that any money left over would be returned to donors.

How did the boxer explain his actions?

Dettinger, who was twice national light-heavyweight champion, was caught on camera jumping over the railings of a pedestrian bridge blocked by baton-wielding police before swinging blows at the officers, forcing them to retreat.

Two months after they started blocking roads, occupying highway tollbooths and staging sometimes-violent street protests in Paris, the yellow vests aim to inject new momentum into a movement that weakened over the holidays.

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France plans to introduce legislation to toughen sanctions on undeclared protests in response to violent "yellow-vest" demonstrations, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Monday in a hardening of the government's stance on the unrest. He says he is protesting because he is concerned about pensioners, his children's future and unmarried women. The massed demonstrations in central Paris and across France have been tainted by violence, including the ramming of a government office with a forklift truck at the weekend.

"I have the people's anger inside me".

Thousands of gilets jaunes have taken to the streets since November in protests against President Macron. After government concessions on fuel taxes, what does it want now?

"Good luck to you, hero of the people!" wrote one supporter, Karim Slimani, on Dettinger's fundraising website page.

It broadened to include issues involving families' struggle to make ends meet, with calls for higher wages, lower taxes, better pensions and easier university entry requirements.

New Year, same impasse in France.

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