Yellow Vests: French PM seeks new law to prevent known rioters from joining protests

Eight weeks into an anti-government rebellion marked by weekly clashes in Paris and other French cities, Philippe said the government would back a “new law punishing those who do not respect the requirement to declare [protests], those who take part in unauthorised demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations wearing face masks”.

He also announced plans to ban “troublemakers” known to the authorities from taking part in demonstrations, in the same way known football hooligans in the past had been banned from stadiums.

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