Riots in Paris – Tourist sites will close this weekend, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre due to the “yellow vest” protests

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FRENCH authorities will close dozens of museums, tourist sites and shops, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, on Saturday, fearing a repeat of last week’s violence in Paris.

Culture Minister Franck Riester told RTL radio: “You can’t take risks when you know the threat”, adding that far-right and far-left agitators were planning to hijack rallies from “yellow vests” in the French capital.

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The Eiffel Tower is one of the tourist attractions that close on SaturdaysCredit: Getty – Contributor

He said the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, the two opera houses and the Grand Palais are among the sites to be closed a week after rioters looted and defaced the Arc de Triomphe.

The Eiffel Tower will also be closed on Saturday due to the protests, site operator SETE said, warning it could not ensure the safety of visitors.

As protesters on social media call for ‘Act IV’ – a fourth weekend of protest – Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 65,000 police would be mobilized to stop a repeat of last Saturday’s chaos in Paris, when rioters torched cars and looted shops on the Champs Boulevard de l’Elysée.

At least four of the weekend’s Premier League football matches have been called off.

    There were widespread riots in Paris last week

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There were widespread riots in Paris last weekCredit: EPA
    Cars were set on fire and buildings were attacked during the protests

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Cars were set on fire and buildings were attacked during the protestsCredit: AP:Associated Press

Parisian police asked dozens of shopkeepers and restaurateurs in the Champs-Élysées and Bastille districts to also close on Saturday and asked local authorities in 15 districts of the capital to remove anything that could be used from the streets. as a projectile.

The government is also considering using troops currently deployed in counter-terrorism patrols to protect public buildings.

    The protests focused on the cost of living and fuel prices

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The protests focused on the cost of living and fuel pricesCredit: Reuters
    Much of the action was around the Arc de Triomphe

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Much of the action was around the Arc de TriompheCredit: Reuters
    The protest had also spread to other regions of France

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The protest had also spread to other regions of FranceCredit: EPA
    Police say they are struggling to deal with the violence

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Police say they are struggling to deal with the violenceCredit: AFP or licensors

What are protests for?

Last week’s riot was called the “worst in 50 years” and triggered a state of emergency in the French capital.

Hundreds of buildings were attacked by “Yellow Vest” fuel price protesters, who said it was the “start of a revolution”.

As the protest began with escalating petrol and diesel prices, it grew into a broader anti-establishment movement that spread across France.

Some of the rioters were as young as 12.

The police say they are struggling to cope with the violence and call on the army to intervene.

This weekend, 90,000 riot cops are expected in the French capital.

And if you have already booked tickets for the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre?

The Eiffel Tower has confirmed on its Twitter page that it will be closed on December 8.

Visitors who purchased tickets online will have been automatically refunded and notified of the closure by email.

At this time it is not possible to book new tickets for Saturday, although tickets for Sunday 9th December are available.

The Louvre shared a similar message on its Twitter page.

The museum’s official account says the Louvre, the Delacroix Museum and the Tuileries Gardens will all be closed on December 8.

For anyone who has booked tickets online, they can change the name and date of the ticket by logging on to the Louvre ticketing site and going to my orders.

Alternatively, they can request a refund by emailing [email protected]

Other Paris attractions that will be closed

The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie will be closed on December 8.

The museum currently hosts the Picasso exhibition. Blue and Rose, and those who have already booked tickets for it can use it on another date until the show ends on January 6, 2019.

The Grand Palais is also one of the sites that close on Saturdays.

Visitors are informed that their tickets for specific exhibitions would be valid on any other day until the end of the shows.

For those who have booked guided tours or workshops, the costs will be refunded in due course.

The Paris Opera has canceled performances at the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille.

Its website has yet to be updated with the latest information, but its Twitter page has confirmed the cancellation.

What to do if you plan to visit Paris

Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not advised against traveling to Paris.

However, in updated information, he said: “Protests against fuel prices linked to the yellow vests (yellow vests) movement continue across France, leading to the blocking of roads and motorways in some areas.

    More than 100 people have been injured in recent protests

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More than 100 people have been injured in recent protestsCredit: Getty – Contributor
    More riots are expected this weekend

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More riots are expected this weekendCredit: Getty – Contributor
    The protests took place on consecutive weekends

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The protests took place on consecutive weekendsCredit: Reuters
    Police call on army to step in for help

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Police call on army to step in for helpCredit: AFP or licensors

“Protests are also planned in Paris on Saturday December 8, which could be widespread and cause significant disruption.

“Recent protests have resulted in violence and extensive property damage. In anticipation of protests expected on Saturday, which could again turn violent, authorities have announced the closure of a number of museums and tourist sites in the center of Paris.

“Shops on the Champs Elysées and surrounding streets, as well as some metro (metro) stations, will also be closed.

“You should know that a significant number of police and gendarmerie officers will be present in the center of Paris to provide security.

“Outside of Paris, related protests are likely to occur in other cities across the country. Motorists traveling through France may also experience delays or blockages caused by protesters at motorway tolls.

“In any case, avoid any demonstrations as much as possible and follow the advice of local authorities.”

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