Unconfirmed: at least three protestors shot dead by the police in Paris today

As well as water cannon and tear gas, the police in Paris have now also started using rubber bullets…

https://www.rt.com/news/445350-rt-reporter-injured-paris-protests/ (there’s been much worse injuries from rubber bullets than what happened to this unfortunate RT reporter, but I won’t get into all that).

The Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe were the main points of protest. To begin with the police only used rubber bullets, but in late afternoon they started using live fire. This apparently resulted in at least three protestors being shot dead and many others being injured.

To repeat, I cannot verify any of this. It’s only what I’ve heard ‘over the wires’.

Addendum: 24 hours after making the above post I still can’t find any verification that the Paris police shot dead protestors with live fire. What might have happened is that the police were using rubber bullets, and deaths might have resulted from this. The French authorities are admitting that at least one person is seriously ill as a result of these rubber bullets:

More than 400 people were arrested on Saturday, with over 300 still in police custody on Sunday. More than 130 people were injured, while one protester is in serious condition in a coma.

President Macron has said today, in response to the riots, that he’s thinking of declaring a state of emergency. This is a bit superfluous, since a state of emergency was permanently written into French law in October of last year as a response to all the ‘terror attacks’.

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21 Responses to Unconfirmed: at least three protestors shot dead by the police in Paris today

  1. JOML says:

    Rob, Sky News have the following, but no news about deaths. Funnily enough, they say “There are fears that far-left and far-right groups may have infiltrated the protests and fuelled the violence.”, so presumably it’s accepted that the centre are the initial instigators of the protests!
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.sky.com/story/amp/fire-and-tear-gas-in-paris-as-yellow-vest-protests-turn-violent-11569167

    • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

      John, I still can’t find any verification of police shooting dead protestors in Paris, which is why I’ve added an addendum to my post.

  2. JOML says:

    Off thread, Rob, but here’s my nephew’s band recent release, shortlisted but unsuccessful at tonight’s Scottish Trad Awards.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nP8-RtGwazM
    Hope it helps relieve the sad news from Paris.

  3. freddy says:

    The French government will consider imposing a state of emergency to prevent a recurrence of France’s worst riots in years, but while it is open to dialogue it will not change course, its spokesman said on Sunday.
    https://www.france24.com/en/20181202-france-consider-state-emergency-prevent-riots-recurring

    Well Rob, your Emperor is not for changing his course, which is diametrically against the wishes of the working poor,
    now didn’t that happen in France before?
    The Sun King.

    If you fly to close to the sun your wax melts and your feathers fall out,
    time for the poachers to pluck his feathers?

    • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

      Freddy, Macron permanently incorporated the state of emergency into French law in October of last year, 2017 (see my addendum to the post above), which is one of many reasons why Macron is so hated.

  4. freddy says:

    Emperor of Fine Dining
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1053276/latest-politics-emmanuel-macron-paris-burns-yelllow-vests-riots
    As French president Emmanuel Macron dined on crab and steak at the G20 summit, protesters clashed with police, who sprayed tear gas, fired water cannons and stun grenades in a bid to stop ‘yellow vest’ militants in their tracks. Demonstrators occupied the Champs Elysees, set cars and Christmas decorations ablaze, rolled vehicles stole an assault rifle from officers and sprayed graffiti on the Arc de Triomphe. “We are in a state of insurrection, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jeanne d’Hauteserre, the mayor of the Eighth District that surrounds the famous monument.

  5. freddy says:

    “I will never accept violence”
    President of the RICH

    either this lunatic backs down or he will be gone before Theresa May.

    Apparently he is trying to Blame Marine Le Pen?

  6. freddy says:

    Polls show Macron’s popularity is now even lower than his much-derided predecessor Francois Hollande at the same stage of his Presidency.

    For all the chaos in British politics as a result of the struggle to get Brexit through Parliament, Theresa May is more popular in Britain than Macron is in France.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-6452607/DOMINIC-LAWSON-hard-not-gloat-travails-pompous-French-president.html

    It would seem to me that Macron is the editor of his own downfall.
    He must relent or fall on his sword.

  7. freddy says:

    They have now said an eighty year old woman had died after being hit with a missile
    Emmanuel Macron has united France against him
    https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/12/emmanuel-macron-has-united-france-against-him/

  8. freddy says:

    Mark Almond launched a scathing attack on the French centrist president after he was forced in to an embarrassing U-turn following violent protests at the weekend, which saw protestors turn Paris into a battle zone
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbC4yxjydUc

    Macron disaster ‘CRUSHES Remainers’ FANTASY’: EU hero has ’come CRASHING back to Earth’

  9. George says:

    Hopefully they will overthrow the Bayard and close all the nuclear plants. France is one of the most radioactive contaminated places on earth. It has 10 times the norm of autism and developmental disabilities. What were the nuclear bastards there thinking?

    • freddy says:

      The European Pressurised Water Reactor
      has not yet, fired up. Anywhere in the World.
      Why Hinkley Point C is being built with borrowed money, nobody in their right mind, knows.
      The EPR at Flamannaville is years behind, and four times over cost.

      It is my contention that The Nuclear Dream, will bring the French Economy to its knees.

      • George says:

        Better hope Le Pen does not get in or, France will be a Nazi Shithole like the Ukraine and Japan. She will drive France to its knees.
        There will be a nuclear accident there, as there has been with nuclear waste in Ukraine and as there will be soon in reactors in the USA, Japan, the Ukraine and Russia.

        How could people be so stupid?

        • freddy says:

          It is more than probable that an emergency election will have to be called in France as Macron goes on the run.
          Then Le Pen is odds on favorite to take the crown.

          • George says:

            Then you are screwed like America and so many other countries are. Japan, Ukaraine to name a few. Too bad for you

          • freddy says:

            A few years ago but they downplayed the worker being Carbonised.

            Explosion at French nuclear waste plant
            One worker reported dead in blast at Marcoule nuclear waste processing site in southern France
            https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/sep/12/french-nuclear-plant-rocked-explosion

          • freddy says:

            The Marcoule site in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, which covers 140 hectares, was a military site for research into the atom bomb when it opened in 1956. It later produced France’s first nuclear electricity. Today, it is home to a range of nuclear activities including fuel production and waste reprocessing and is partly used by the French nuclear power giant Areva. It also produces what is known as Mox (mixed oxide) fuel, made by recycling plutonium from nuclear weapons, with natural, reprocessed or depleted uranium, that can be used in light-water reactors used in nuclear power production.

            France’s energy and ecology minister, Nathalie Kosciuscko-Morizet, flew to the site on Monday afternoon to take part in an “evaluation of the eventual radiological impacts of the accident”, according to a ministry spokesperson.

          • freddy says:

            Stress tests

            Marcoule was opened in 1955 and is one of France’s oldest nuclear sites, though it has been extensively modernised.

            It is located in the Gard department in Languedoc-Roussillon region, near France’s Mediterranean coast.
            Marcoule is one of France’s oldest nuclear facilities

            All the country’s 58 nuclear reactors have been put through stress tests in recent months, following the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami.

            EDF’s share prices fell by more than 6% as news of the blast emerged.
            https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14883521

            It seems that the Nuclear Industry of France is shrouded in mystery, the public never hear the end of the story.
            All the Reactor Pressure Vessels for the “new” European Pressurized Reactors, were manufactured as a job lot, to reduce cost, they all have cracks, this is on-going.

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