The French soldiers have been authorized to open fire if they feel threatened or estimates that civilian lives are in danger as a result of protesters from The Yellow Jackets, in conjunction with the large planned demonstration in Paris on Saturday. It has the French military governor of Paris, general Bruno Le Ray, said Friday.
It writes over the media, including Politico, Franceinfo, and Le Figaro.
the General's words highlight the growing seriousness of the crisis, as president Emmanuel Macron faces.
A protester at a previous demonstration of The Yellow Jackets. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix)
the Statement comes after, it has been announced that the French Army will be deployed as a complement to the 5000 police officers, who are already deployed to ensure peace and order in connection with The Yellow Vestes demonstration on Saturday.
- If their own lives are in danger, or if the lives of the people they protect, are in danger, they have permission to open fire, said general Le Ray to Franceinfo Radio.
Several thousand French soldiers from 'Operation Sentinelle' will be placed in front of numerous official buildings and other important places to protect against looting and vandalism.
Last Saturday there was extensive rioting and destruction in connection with The Yellow Armour's demonstration in Paris. It was here that the banks and various shops and restaurants looted and burned down.
the Plan to have soldiers placed in front of important buildings in Paris have created a political debate in France, and questioned whether the military has the proper training and the right weapons to clear this police task.
Here are French soldiers from 'Operation Sentinelle' guard in front of the Eifeltårnet on a previous occasion. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix