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Thursday, December 06, 2018, 17:30
Paris fears new protests violence despite Macron's retreat
By Associated Press
Thursday, December 06, 2018, 17:30 By Associated Press

In this photo taken on Dec 5, 2018, a demonstrator holds a placard reading “Join us" as they stand by toll gates on a motorway at Biarritz southwestern France. (BOB EDME / AP)

PARIS — Paris police and store owners are bracing for new violence at protests Saturday, despite President Emmanuel Macron's surrender over a fuel tax hike that unleashed weeks of unrest.

Police unions and local authorities are holding emergency meetings Thursday to strategize — while disparate groups of protesters are sharing plans on social networks and chat groups.

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In this photo taken on Dec 5, 2018, a group of demonstrators wearing their yellow vest pose on an occupied traffic circle, outside La Mede oil refinery, near Martigues, southeastern France. (CLAUDE PARIS / AP)

After the worst rioting in Paris in decades last weekend, many shops and restaurants in the center of the capital are expected to shut down Saturday, fearing a repeat of the violence.

Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, but protesters' demands have now expanded to other issues.

Protesting students are disrupting schools and universities Thursday, and drivers are still blocking roads around France, now demanding broader tax cuts and government aid.

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