The Facebook-fueled anti-government protests in Paris, which began three weeks ago, starting off with a protest against high fuel taxes, look like something out of an intense apocalyptic movie. I’d only read about the “yellow jacket” protests and riots – the worst in 50 years – but did not realize the extent of violence that has taken over the Champs Élysées and surrounding neighborhoods. According to the BBC, “Tourist sites in Paris are to close on Saturday amid fears of further street violence.”
Across France, 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armoured vehicles will be deployed in the capital, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced.
Paris police have urged shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees to shut and some museums will also be closed.
Due to the demonstrations that will be taking place in #Paris, I will remain closed to the public on Saturday 8 December. Tomorrow, a particularly long waiting time is anticipated for visitors planning to buy tickets on-the-spot.
— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) December 6, 2018