The violence of the “gilets jaunes” protests has shocked France

Reports from France say tourist sites in Paris are set to close tomorrow amid fears of further street violence from the “yellow vest” anti-government protests.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced that 89 000 police officers will be on duty across the country and armoured vehicles will be deployed in the capital.

Police have urged shops and restaurants on Paris’s Champs-Elysees to shut and some museums will also be closed.

Paris endured some of the worst rioting in decades last Saturday.

The government has said it is scrapping unpopular fuel tax increases in its budget – the original trigger for the protests.

But broader discontent with the government has spread and protests have erupted over other issues.


How will Paris be affected?

The operator of the Eiffel Tower said the threat of violent protests on Saturday made it impossible to ensure “adequate security conditions”.

City authorities say they are stepping up protection for famous landmarks after the Arc de Triomphe was damaged last week.

Culture Minister Franck Riester said the Louvre and Orsay museums, opera houses and the Grand Palais complex were among sites that would be closed.

“We cannot take the risk when we know the threat,” he told RTL radio.

Police have asked stores and restaurants along the Champs-Elysees and other major shopping streets to stay closed and to remove any outdoor items such as tables and chairs.

A series of football matches have also been postponed on Saturday. They include those between Paris and Montpellier, Monaco and Nice, Toulouse and Lyon, and Saint-Etienne and Marseille.

-BBC