January 19, 2019

French Cabinet Claims Italian Ministers, RT Share Similar Stance on Yellow Vests

10 January 2019, 04:27 | Pamela Mathis

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"I reacted badly. Yes, I reacted badly", he said, adding he had seen the "repression" of the police towards protesters.

Dettinger, 37, turned himself in to police Monday after videos emerged of him landing punch after punch on shield-carrying officers during the latest "yellow vest" demonstrations in the capital on Saturday.

Commenting on a video, Salvini said: "It's nice to know you have supporters even among the French exhausted of Macron".

Speaking in a video uploaded to Facebook, an activist known only as Tahz San said the gesture aimed to "scare this (French) state completely legally and without any violence, yet more effectively than ever expected" throughout the history of the Gilet Jaunes movement.

Police unions warned that the fundraising legitimised violence against police.

Guillaume Kasbarian, a member of Mr Macron's parliamentary majority, tweeted that the crowdfunding was a "moral wreck", shameful at a time when associations struggle to raise money for "more exemplary and humanistic" projects. He abandoned the tax hike and announced last month a series of measures to boost purchasing power.

In addition, the protesters drew support from an unlikely source on Monday when the two leading figures of the populist government in Rome urged the yellow vests to continue, in comments which risk ramping up Italy's war of words with Macron.

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According to a study by the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP), 72 percent of citizens have a negative view of the president's policy, and only 28 percent approve it.

Following a ministerial council meeting held earlier in the day, Griveaux told reporters that the yellow vest movement was comprised both of "sincere" people, including women and retirees, and "insurgents", with some of them being "ultra-left" or "ultra-right".

At least 10 people died and more than a thousand others were wounded in the protests.

However, this was the case of Luigi Di Maio, the Italian deputy prime minister and minister of labour. "I've made a decision to step away from the national debate because it will be hard to ensure the calm that's needed for the talks", she said.

Another huge security operation, involving 80,000 personnel, is planned for Saturday when the 10th weekly protests are due to be staged around France.

In future, Philippe said, the onus would be on "the troublemakers, and not taxpayers, to pay for the damage caused" to businesses and property during the protests, which began peacefully in mid-November over taxes but quickly became radicalized.

The minister believed that the strong cry rising from French streets meant "we want to participate" and that this was the same spirit which has animated the 5-Star Movement since it was formed in 2009.

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