FROM THE HERALD GUIDE – Dec. 13-2018

The world gets stranger and stranger as time goes by. Now we have one of the most civilized areas of Mother Earth – Paris – being torn apart by ruffians in anti-government protests. Museums, theaters and shops at the center of  the heartbeat of Western Europe, are being closed there, including the famed Eiffel Tower.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced 89,000 police officers would be deployed across France, which was up from 65,000 from the previous weekend. A fuel tax hike announced by the government occurred last weekend following the government announcement.

French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike after the results from the announcement of it became so violent. And, strangely enough, the president himself  has temporarily disappeared from public view. “No tax deserves to put civil peace in danger,” Philippe said.

The rioting in Paris has worried tourists and has caused the cancellation of many events such as soccer matches and has damaged the area’s economy at the height of the area’s major shopping season. Some of the violence last week included groups last weekend throwing cobblestones through storefronts in some of the richest neighborhoods of Paris.

Some music festivals have been cancelled in Paris and the Arc de Triomphe remains closed since it was damaged in recent protests which left 130 people injured.

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