Yellow vests: Castaner vows firmness Saturday

Interior minister announces hard line with 'casseurs'

07 December, 12:25

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, DECEMBER 7 - Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Friday announced ''maximum steadfastness against casseurs'', or violent protesters, on the eve of a demonstration by members of the so-called 'yellow vest' movement in Paris.

    Castaner announced that 89,000 security officers will be deployed tomorrow across France, including 8,000 in Paris.

    Once again, dividing peaceful demonstrators from radical members of the movement, the minister cited the following metaphor: ''Over the past few weeks - he said - a monster that has fled from its parents has been born in France''. However, now is the ''time for the Republic'', he said.

    The minister went on to say that the 'yellow vests' are currently estimated to be 10,000 and that ''10,000 are not a population''. He continued saying that he believes that ''only a few thousand people'' will be in Paris on Saturday ''but the fear is that they are the most violent, who want to break everything''. (ANSAmed)
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