Paris braces for another day of Yellow Jackets violence as Eiffel Tower, museums plan to close

PHOTO: Workers carry a wooden piece to protect shop windows on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris.PlayFrancois Mori/AP
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Some of the most famous tourist sites in Paris plan to close on Saturday as the French capital braces for a violent day of protest for the third consecutive weekend.

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The Eiffel Tower announced on its Twitter account that it will remain closed on Saturday "due to the demonstrations that will be taking place in Paris." The Eiffel Tower's operating company, SETE, said in a statement that it could not ensure the security of visitors.

In addition, French culture minster Franck Riester told French radio outlet RTL that other popular tourist sites, including the Louvre museum, the Orsay museum, the two Paris operas, and the Grand Palais, will all remain closed on Saturday.

"We cannot take the risk when we know the threat," Riester told RTL.

PHOTO: School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018.Thibault Camus/AP
School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday Dec.7, 2018.

Saturday's protests are the latest part of the Yellow Jackets movement, named after the neon-yellow security vests demonstrators have been wearing and that motorists are required by law to have in their vehicles.

PHOTO: Protesters wearing yellow vests wave flares and French flags near the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.Yoan Valat/EPA via Shutterstock
Protesters wearing yellow vests wave flares and French flags near the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.

The nationwide protests started in small urban and rural areas of the country in response to a proposed fuel hike, and demonstrators have been blocking roads over the past three weeks. Since then, the protests have swelled in size and taken on the cost of living in France, high taxes in general and French President Emmanuel Macron's policies. The Yellow Jackets movement has no clear leader and has attracted groups of people with a wide variety of demands.

In anticipation of Saturday's protests, multiple stores and restaurants around the famous Champs Elysees Avenue will also remain closed. On Friday, workers were seen preparing and securing the area by barricading shop windows.

PHOTO: Workers carry a wooden piece to protect shop windows on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris.Francois Mori/AP
Workers carry a wooden piece to protect shop windows on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Paris.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that 89,000 security forces will be mobilized on Saturday, with 8,000 policemen deployed in Paris alone, as well as a dozen armored vehicles.

PHOTO: Demonstrators destroy cars during a protest of Yellow vests against rising oil prices and living costs, near the Champs Elysees in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.Lucas Barioulet/AFP/Getty Images, FILE
Demonstrators destroy cars during a protest of Yellow vests against rising oil prices and living costs, near the Champs Elysees in Paris, Dec. 1, 2018.

During protests in Paris last Saturday, people threw projectiles at French security forces, burned dozens of cars, set up barricades and broke store windows and looted. It was one of the most violent protests France has seen in recent years.

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