In first comment after Saturday riots, Macron commends police professionalism

“To all the forces ordered to mobilize today, thank you for the courage and the exceptional professionalism you have shown,” Macron tweeted. (AFP)

In his first comment since the fourth round of ‘yellow vest’ riots on Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron commended the country’s security forces’ professionalism on his official Twitter account on Sunday.

“To all the forces mobilized today, thank you for the courage and the exceptional professionalism you have shown,” Macron tweeted.

Police were able to restore calm in Paris on Saturday after thousands of “yellow vest” protesters had turned out to demonstrate around France in a fourth weekend of unrest that has shaken President Emmanuel Macron’s authority.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that 125,000 “yellow vest” protesters had turned out to protest across the country on Saturday. Police detained 1,385 of them.

The French president has been in hot water recently, with protesters directing their anger at their President and France’s high taxes, and calling Macron “the president of the rich.”

Meanwhile, France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Tuesday new concessions to “yellow vest” protesters, saying planned increases in the price of fuel would be suspended for six months.

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