Wednesday, 24 July 2019

France plans to toughen laws in response to Yellow Vest protests

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PARIS: France is planning to introduce legislation to toughen sanctions on undeclared protests after weeks of social unrest stemming from the Yellow Vests movement.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that France is hardening its stance on the unrest, in a speech he made after rioters torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze on Paris’s upmarket Boulevard Saint-Germain, Reuters reported.

“We need to preserve the right to demonstrate in France and we must sanction those who break the law. That’s why the government favors updating the law in order to sanction those who do not respect this obligation to declare protests, those who take part in undeclared protests, those who arrive at protests with balaclavas” Philippe told TF1 television.

He noted that the government could use the current law against football hooligans, whereby individuals can be banned from stadiums, as a model for the upcoming legislation, which might be introduced as soon as February.

France is planning to introduce legislation to toughen sanctions on undeclared protests after weeks of social unrest stemming from the Yellow Vests movement.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Monday that France is hardening its stance on the unrest, in a speech he made after rioters torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze on Paris’s upmarket Boulevard Saint-Germain, Reuters reported.

“We need to preserve the right to demonstrate in France and we must sanction those who break the law. That’s why the government favors updating the law in order to sanction those who do not respect this obligation to declare protests, those who take part in undeclared protests, those who arrive at protests with balaclavas” Philippe told TF1 television.

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