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Dior switches Paris catwalk date to avoid ‘yellow vest’ protests

PARIS: Christian Dior is bringing forward its men’s fashion show in Paris to avoid “yellow vest” protesters who have fought police, torched cars and smashed up shops over recent weekends, a source familiar with the decision said. Dior, part of the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, wrote to guests to reschedule a menswear catwalk show initially planned for Jan. 19 - a Saturday, when protesters have tended to converge on Paris and other big cities across France. The show will instead be held on Friday, Jan. 18. Upmarket…

France’s ‘yellow vest’ protestors back on the streets

PARIS: France's "yellow vest" protestors were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government. Several hundred protestors gathered on the Champs Elysees in central Paris, where around 15 police wagons were also deployed, an AFP journalist said. Marches were underway in several other cities across France. 🇫🇷 #YellowVest anti-government protesters march during a rally in Nantes#GiletsJaunes @LoicVenanc for @AFPphoto…

Leader of France’s ‘yellow vests’ arrested

One of the leaders of the "yellow vest" anti-government demonstrations was detained by police in Paris late on Wednesday for organising an unauthorised protest, signalling a harder line by the authorities against the movement. Eric Drouet — who already faces a trial for carrying a weapon at a previous protest — was held while heading for the Champs-Elysees, which has been the scene of violent clashes over the last month. "It's called respecting the rule of law," Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday as he…

France’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters gather on decisive weekend

PARIS: Defiant "Yellow vest" demonstrators gathered on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday morning for a fifth and decisive weekend of protests despite calls by the French government to stay home. President Emmanuel Macron, facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, announced a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the explosive "yellow vest" movement which swelled up from rural and small-town France last month. He is hoping the package of tax and minimum wage measures, coupled with a terror attack on Tuesday…

French ‘yellow vests’ spark copycats and fakes abroad

PARIS: The "yellow vest" revolt in France over the high cost of living has sparked copycat protests abroad 1 as well a swarm of fake reports. Copycat protests The month-long French demonstrations, which have led to repeated rioting in Paris, have inspired protesters in a number of mostly European countries. On December 8, some 400 people were detained in Brussels after protesters wearing high-visibility fluorescent vests briefly clashed with police. Others reportedly blocked a highway linking Brussels to the town of…

Yellow vest protests plunge French business activity into contraction

PARIS: French business activity plunged unexpectedly into contraction this month, retreating at the fastest pace in over four years in the face of violent anti-government protests, a monthly survey showed on Friday. Data compiler IHS Markit said that its composite purchasing mangers index dropped to 49.3 points from 54.2 in November, sliding below the 50-point threshold between contraction and expansion for the first time since June 2016. The reading, the lowest since November 2014, also fell far short of economists’…

‘Yellow vest’ protester dies in France after being hit by truck

MARSEILLE: A "yellow vest" anti-government protester has died after being hit by a truck in southern France, a local prosecutor said Thursday. The incident happened during the night at a roundabout near a motorway exit in the city of Avignon. "The driver of the truck has been taken into custody. The victim was 23-years-old," said the deputy prosecutor for Avignon, Caroline Armand, confirming a report on French television news channel LCI. "It appears the driver is a Polish national," she added. The "yellow vest"…

‘Yellow vests’ denounce Macron speech as ‘charade’

Groups of "yellow vest" protesters across France responded scathingly to the "crumbs" offered by President Emmanuel Macron in a speech intended to defuse their revolt, but others acknowledged his efforts. "Nonsense," "a charade", "a bluff" and "a drop in the ocean," were among the immediate reactions that greeted the head of state´s televised speech Monday evening announcing an increase in the minimum wage and a range of other financial measures. At a roundabout in the southern town of Le Boulou, some 150 "yellow…

France’s Macron vows no U-turn, speeds up tax cuts in response to unrest

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further concessions meant to defuse weeks of often violent protests that have challenged his authority. In his first national address following two weekends of France’s worst unrest for years, Macron sought to restore calm and struck a humble tone after accusations that his governing style and economic policies were fracturing the country. But he refused to reinstate a wealth tax and to back down on his…