The imminent launch of Big "national debate" do not change anything: the "yellow vests" are gathering again Saturday across France, and are concentrated between Paris, theaters of violence last Saturday, and an unusual place: Bourges. As a result, a "considerable" security device is deployed. It regains its level of mid-December, namely nearly 80,000 police and gendarmes throughout France.
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A procession marches in the calm in Paris
Two months after the first mobilization, the movement is still protean and the figures of its "historic channel" do not have the same strategy for their ninth Saturday of demonstrations. At the call of the road driver Eric Drouet, "yellow vests" gathered in Paris. Dozens of CRS trucks were mobilized, particularly in the Champs-Elysées district and around the Arc de Triomphe.
– Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) January 12, 2019
At 10:30, the Prefecture of Police reported 24 preventive arrests following checks, including for carrying prohibited weapons and participation in a group to commit violence. An hour later, a procession left the district of Bercy, near the Ministry of Finance, towards Bastille, smoothly.
– Axel Roux (@AxlRx) January 12, 2019
Demonstrators meeting in Bourges
For their part, the self-employed Priscillia Ludosky and the Breton Maxime Nicolle chose Bourges, in Cher, as epicenter of the mobilization. This prefecture of the center of France is "at a distance equivalent of the big cities", and is "a city a little less known of the police force to avoid that there is 'nassage' (encirclement, note) of fact, that the tension is rising, "explained the interim to Konbini. On Thursday, 2,400 participants said they wanted to go on Facebook and 12,000 people were interested.
On the spot, Friday, Europe 1 met "yellow vests" preparing to receive those who will come to protest. "We will welcome them with coffee, a small snack, to ask the government to change its method," said one of them, insisting on the peaceful nature of the mobilization and the will to respect the prefectural ban to gather in the center of the city parading on the outer boulevards.
According to the prefecture, the night from Friday to Saturday was marked by three attempts to take control of the toll giving access to the city, without success. Seven people were arrested at the exit of the A71 motorway. During these preventive controls, the gendarmes seized iron balls, sticks equipped with blades and white weapons. About 1,200 people were gathered in the city around 10:30 am, for a procession departure scheduled for 14 hours.
– Florent Boutet (@Florent_Boutet) January 12, 2019
Other gatherings are announced in several cities: Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon, Strasbourg, Lille, Nantes, Rennes … In Bordeaux, become "bastion" of the protest, 3,500 people were gathered last week. "When you look in the streets, there is not a majority of Bordelais, but people from outside the city, but the department," said the mayor of the city Alain Juppé at Europe 1.
In Normandy, where the "yellow vests" have been mobilized since the beginning of the movement, some have entrusted our reporter their project to go to Rouen from the Eure to demonstrate. "There will surely be more people than last time," slipped one of them. Three people were arrested in Rouen on Saturday at midday.
A "considerable" security device
After the violent outbursts last weekend, a "considerable" security device is deployed on Saturday, at the mid-December, that is to say nearly 80,000 police and gendarmes throughout France. More than 5,000 men are deployed in Paris for the maintenance of order. Armored wheeled gendarmerie are mobilized again in the capital this weekend.
"More and more there is hatred, there is verbal violence that encourages some to act against the police, to kill cop, to attack our families" worried Thomas Toussaint, of the union Unsa-Police, Saturday morning on Europe 1. "We hope that these surges of hatred and violence are condemned." This week, Edouard Philippe also announced a future law toughening sanctions against thugs and undeclared demonstrations.