France plans to meet ‘smash and kill’ yellow vest protests with ‘exceptional’ number of police

France is to deploy an “exceptional” number of security forces around the country on Saturday as the government braces for yellow vest protests of “great violence” in the capital despite making key concessions.

Tourists have been urged not to cancel their trips to Paris over the protests, despite the closure of around a dozen cultural sites, including the Eiffel Tower, due to security fears.

Police urged shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees to shut on Saturday to avoid fresh damage after last weekend’s riots, the worst in decades.

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