>> Paris is braced for a fourth weekend of potentially violent demonstrations. With shuttered businesses and extra security a feature of what protestors are calling Act IV. The Yellow Vest Movement, which grew out of opposition to government fuel tax hikes, seemingly hijacked by more extreme and diverse fringe groups.
Macron's adminstration wants to prevent a repeat of last weekend's scenes. The worst rioting for half a century in the French capital with cars and buildings set alight. 89,000 police are on duty over the weekend, 8,000 in Paris alone.>> Yes, I'll be closed on Saturday, that's for sure.
>> Bustling ordinarily, shops, museums, and restaurants aren't opening, and sports events are cancelled. That includes tourist hot spots like the Eiffel Tower and the Musee d'Orsay. President Macron is due to address the nation early next week to reassure them he is listening to the people's anger, according to his ministers.
> With signs at least locally that the amorphous leaderless group are beginning to organize themselves more coherently.
That may eventually solve one big problem for Macron's government. At the moment, it doesn't even know who it should be negotiating with.