French Cabinet Claims Italian Ministers, RT Share Similar Stance on Yellow Vests

French Cabinet Claims Italian Ministers, RT Share Similar Stance on Yellow Vests

French President Emmanuel Macron posted on Twitter his condemnation of the weekend's most violent incidents, decrying "extreme violence" against "the Republic, its guardians, its representatives, and its symbols".

"Contributing to a fundraising kitty to support someone who attacked an officer is tantamount to being an accomplice to these grave acts of violence", said Marlene Schiappa, junior minister for equality.

The police at times appeared defenceless, with former heavyweight fighter Christophe Dettinger filmed landing blows on officers guarding a bridge leading to the National Assembly.

"We will of course be very vigilant over how this money is used", Leetchi said in a statement.

Leetchi initially defended its hosting of the fundraising, saying that as a platform it was required to remain "neutral".

Gérard Filoche, former MP of the Socialist Party's leftist fringe, said: "I've been running debates, articles, meetings, videos voluntarily for decades".

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), wrote on his party's blog Monday: "Yellow vests, do not weaken!"

About 200 protesters, including trade union members and participants in the yellow vest movement, gathered Wednesday in Creteil, a Paris suburb as Macron visited a handball facility dedicated to handball gymnasium.

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced plans to punish people who hold unauthorized protests after weeks of anti-government unrest, including acts of violence.

Mr Dettinger, 37, later said he had "reacted wrongly" in anger after he, his wife and a friend were tear-gassed. The new law would ban troublemakers-who Philippe called "casseurs", or thugs-from protests and crack down on people at demonstrations who hide their faces with masks.

Images of a policeman beating several protesters in the southern city of Toulon last Saturday have also been widely condemned.

He added that some yellow vest protesters believed that RT was the only "free media".

According to her, some French people were sending videos featuring yellow vest rallies to the RT having lost trust in their own media.

What began as a protest about a fuel tax back in November has escalated into widespread anger at rising living costs.

France has accused Italy of interfering in its affairs following the comments made by Di Maio and Salvini.

The 41-year-old's approval ratings jumped by 5 percentage points to 28 percent in January from a month earlier, the Ifop-Fiducial poll for Paris Match and Sud Radio showed, after two straight months of declines in its poll.

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