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French PM: 89,000 Police to be Deployed Saturday

French PM: 89,000 Police to be Deployed Saturday Photo: CLEMENT LANOT

Associated Press
Created: December 06, 2018 04:44 PM

PARIS (AP) - France's prime minister says 89,000 police officers will be deployed on Saturday across the country amid fears of new riots at anti-government protests.

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Speaking Thursday on French television TF1, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 8,000 police will be mobilized in Paris alone, "many more" than last weekend.

In the French capital, they will be equipped with a dozen armored vehicles - a first in an French urban area since 2005.

Philippe said in Paris and other places across France, "we are facing people who don't come to protest but to destroy."

He refused suggestions that he resign in the wake of the worst riots in Paris since 1968. He also noted that the lower house of parliament has approved the French government's move to roll back a new gas tax, the original reason for the unrest.

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