French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that soldiers will be deployed across the country to help maintain security during more yellow vest protests planned this weekend.
Macron said the military will serve as a back-up to the police and will secure government buildings and other sites. In this way the police forces can focus on maintaining public order.
About 7,000 soldiers, most armed with automatic weapons, are already deployed across the country in what the military calls Operation Sentinel, which was created to protect sensitive sites following deadly attacks in 2015.
The French government announced this week new security measures and a ban on yellow vest protests along the Champs-Elysées Avenue in Paris and in two other cities following riots on Saturday that left luxury stores ransacked and charred from arson fires.
Via France 24