Friday, December 7, 2018

REPORT: Macron Fears Coup as His Approval Sinks to 18% and Protests Grow

Embattled and unpopular French President Emmanuel Macron, whose approval rating has plunged to 18%, is fearing a coup attempt this weekend in Paris.

Per the Sun,  Macron’s approval rating has crashed below 20 per cent today as he predicts more “major violence” across France this weekend.

The beleaguered head of state is locked in a law and order crisis, as thousands of so-called Yellow Vest protesters continue to demonstrate against his government.

There was widespread rioting in Paris last Saturday, with national monuments including the Arc de Triomphe vandalised and more than 400 people arrested.

Now a spokesman for Mr Macron has told AFP: “We have reason to fear a great violence this Saturday.”

Despite a humiliating government U-turn on proposed green taxes on fuels, the Yellow Vests sense they can achieve more.

The group is named after the high visibility jackets that all motorists have to carry in France and originally called for a reduction in the price of diesel and petrol.

According to Report News Agency, there is growing concern in the Elysée Palace and the French government that demonstrators may take up arms and attempt a coup d’état.

Report informs citing the Interfax that this is reported by the French TV channel BFM TV.

The fears of the French authorities are connected, in particular, with the protest action of the “yellow vests” planned on December 8, which promised to head to the Elysée Palace.

The administration of French President Emmanuel Macron do not hide their concern that demonstrators may resort to force and try to carry out the coup.

“These are coupists. We see an attempt of a coup,” the newspaper Figaro quotes the words of an unnamed representative of the Elysée Palace.

Emmanuel Macron was booed and insulted during a surprise visit to Puy-en-Velay. The people shouted “demission” which means “resignation.”

Watch the video:

Both firefighters and police have staged dramatic demonstrations in solidarity with protesters again Macron’s liberal “green” policies.

From Breitbart

The French government expects the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protests in Paris this weekend could be more violent than ever, despite President Emmanuel Macron buckling on fuel tax hikes.

The Élysée Palace, seat of President Emmanuel Macron, announced to French media they are expecting “great violence” on Saturday as Yellow Vest protestors have announced “Act IV” of their nearly four-week-long protest against the Macron regime that was initially sparked by a rise in fuel taxes, franceinfo reports.

According to the Élysée, they expect “a hard core of several thousand people” to arrive in Paris on Saturday with the intent to “break and kill.”

The government is taking the situation so seriously that they have ordered a general mobilisation of every police officer nationwide for Saturday including doubling the number of officers in Paris.

Rumours had also circulated on social media of the possibility that Macron has ordered the French military to be present in Paris on Saturday with some posting images and videos of what appear to be armoured personnel carriers being pre-deployed. The planned presence of armoured vehicles, a first since 2005, was later confirmed by the government.

The security for the public transit systems in the French capital will also be totally mobilised with the Paris public transport company RATP already planning to divert or cancel dozens of buses and other forms of public transit going to the Champs-Élysées, the Opera, and several other areas of the city.

On top of the regular police forces and Gendarmes,  around 500 officers of the Directorate for Combating Irregular Immigration (SDLII) will be called upon and the Department of Local Security in Greater Paris (DSPAP) has also said their entire staff will be available to help.

The U.S. embassy in France has also put out a demonstration alert for Saturday’s protests saying, “Demonstrations may become violent, resulting in damage to property, including overturning vehicles and setting them on fire. Police responses may include water cannons and/or tear gas.”

The embassy recommended that Americans and others should avoid the protest areas, “shelter in place if in the areas affected,” and notify family for their safety.

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