Yellow Vests: Jouanno resignation upsets Macron debate plan

Lynette Rowe
January 10, 2019

A former French boxing champion who surrendered to police after he was filmed raining blows on riot officers during a "yellow vest" protest has received tens of thousands of euros in public donations, infuriating government ministers.

As the situation in France escalates, the anti-Emmanuel Macron protesters - aka The Gilets Jaunes (the yellow vests) - plan to make a run on the country's banks.

Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa told France Info radio on Tuesday.

The SCSI-CFDT police union, for its part, said the funds should be seized to compensate the two officers targeted by Dettinger, who were removed from duty while recovering from their injuries.

Leetchi initially defended its hosting of the fundraising, saying that as a platform it was required to remain "neutral". "A little like your interior minister, Castaner, who said yesterday, '50,000 is just over one person per municipality in France, that's the reality of the Yellow Vest movement today, we can therefore see that the movement is not representative of France, '" Di Maio said.

Christophe Dettinger handed himself to police and was immediately detained.

Following a ministerial council meeting held earlier in the day, Griveaux told reporters that the yellow vest movement was comprised both of "sincere" people, including women and retirees, and "insurgents", with some of them being "ultra-left" or "ultra-right".

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe makes "public order" announcements in the face of recent protest violence across France, on January 7, 2019.

There was a recent statement by two ministers from the Italian government who do not hide their support [for the yellow vest movement]... "I have the anger of the people in me", he said.

"We are going to get our bread're making money with our dough, and we're fed up", said protester Maxime Nicolle in a video message shared on YouTube.

Disturbing footage emerged showing police beating protesters in the southern city of Toulon, with multiple media reporting that the incident is now under investigation for brutality. By threatening the French financial system, protesters say, they want to peacefully force the government to pass their reforms.

The "yellow vest" demonstrations have frequently turned violent since they began in mid-November, particularly on 1 December when crowds ransacked a museum in the Arc de Triomphe and daubed graffiti on the famed monument.

The demonstrations shaking France since mid-November had further dented Macron's standing at the end of previous year, with his popularity dropping to record lows amid a backlash that started out as an outcry over planned fuel tax hikes.

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