France to tighten sanctions on undeclared protests

Added On January 9, 2019

 The French government is considering updating the law to toughen sanctions against undeclared protests.

The move comes in response to the latest "yellow vest" demonstrations, which turned violent in several cities including the French capital last weekend.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the decision on Monday, saying the government favors updating the law in order to sanction those who do not respect the obligation to declare protests, and those who take part in undeclared protests.
Philippe also said the bill would be introduced after being discussed by the National Assembly.
The Prime Minister added that 80,000 police nationwide will be deployed to deter another round of demonstrations.
Rioters in Paris torched cars, electric motors and barricades, pummeled riot police officers to the ground and used a forklift truck to invade a government building compound.
The "yellow vest" demonstrations first began two months ago. Rioters protested against higher fuel tax and living costs, and some even asked French President Emmanuel Macron to step down.
Macron has struggled to defuse public anger and made a series of concessions, including higher minimum wages and tax breaks.