France is bracing for more potentially violent protests this weekend, When much of Paris will be in lockdown, With cohorts of police deployed across the country to contain the so-called 'yellow vests', Protesting against the rising cost of living and a diesel fuel tax.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTER, CHRISTOPHE CASTANER, SAYING: "Rigorous security measures will be put in tomorrow in France, across the whole of France.
89,000 police officers will be deployed across the whole country.
Exceptional measures with be put in place in each region to ensure the protection of the institutions." The protests - which have lasted three weeks and has no recognised leaders - are the biggest seen since the 1968 student riots, And the most serious threat to Emmanuel Macron since his 2017 election.
The 40 year-old president has agreed to drop the diesel tax that sparked the revolt, And he's due to address the nation early next week, (SOUNDBITE) (English) CIBC HEAD OF FX STRATEGY, JEREMY STRETCH, SAYING: "I think it is going to be a seminal moment for Mr Macron.
F we were to see the sort of negative media coverage as we saw last weekend from some of those clashes between protesters or anarchists, depending on one's point of view, and the security authorities then I think it is going to be the case that those all time lows of French presidential approval ratings of Mr. Hollande will soon come into view come into focus." Retailers warn the unrest could ruin Christmas shopping season and threatens jobs, But the protests go on - demanding lower taxes, higher salaries and cheaper energy among other things.