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French leftwing forces to hold protest in Paris against Macron’s policies

May 05, 3:34 UTC+3 PARIS

The owners of shops located along the route of the march have voiced serious apprehensions over the possible rampages the protests may grow over into

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PARIS, May 5. /TASS/. The French leftwing political movement La France Insoumise [Untamed France] plans holding a large demonstration in Paris on Saturday in protest of the policies conducted by President Emanuel Macron and his government.

Spokespeople for the staff of the organization said on Friday its leader, Jean-Luke Melenchon said the manifestations would wave a slogan saying ‘Let’s Make a Holiday for Macron’. The protest is timed for the date, on which Macron moved into the presidential office exactly a year ago.

Most manifestations will take place on the squares and streets located on the right bank of the Seine. They are destined to reach the apogee when a meeting gathers on the Place de l’Opera [Opera Square] where from a big column of protesters is expected to move eastwards to Bastille, located some 4 km away from Opera Square.

The owners of shops located along the route of the march have voiced serious apprehensions over the possible rampages the protests may grow over into. Their apprehensions have grounds if one recalled what happened in the course of May Day demonstrations in Paris.

On May 1, about 1,200 anarchists and members of radical leftwing groupings smashed the windows of bank offices and cafes, set a car dealership on fire, and inflicted telling damage on a McDonald’s outlet.

Police detained about 300 people and several dozens of them will stand trial soon.

The prefect of the Paris police, Michel Delpuech, gave the assurances that the authorities would concentrate the necessary troops - about 2,000 men from the police and gendarmerie - to protect law and order on May 5.

"We’re doing it at an instruction straight from the government," Delpuech said,

He also said the organizers of the new protests had boosted the number of their own guards at the events to 150 men.

Francois Ruffin, a deputy of the National Assembly representing La France Insoumise who is an immediate organizer of the day of protests, admitted on Friday there were real fears that the people, whose only goal was to commit acts of violence and to attack the police, would again abandon the protesters’ ranks to organize rampages on the streets.

Prefect Delpuech said, however, the authorities were not registering the previous frantic activity of leftwing radicals in social networks this time.

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