Yellow vests: these events canceled or postponed on Saturday because of the mobilization

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8:03 p.m.
    , December 6, 2018, as amended at
                    8:09 p.m.
    December 6, 2018

Act IV of the mobilization of yellow Gilets, Saturday, is feared by the Elysee Palace, which fears a "very great violence" in the streets of Paris. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Thursday in the Senate that "exceptional means" will be deployed by his government, in addition to the 65,000 police and law enforcement personnel mobilized in France. A situation that caused the cancellation and postponement of many events. Others had to organize to protect themselves from possible violence this weekend.

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The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower closed

In Paris, a dozen museums (including the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, the Grand Palais, the Museum of Man or the Museum of Modern Art) have decided not to open their doors on Saturday, as well as other tourist sites emblematic of the capital, such as the Eiffel Tower (already closed on Saturday, November 24) and the Catacombs. The Arc de Triomphe, damaged last week, will remain closed.

Among the shows, the Opéra, the Marigny theater and the Champs-Elysées theater canceled their performances. In addition, the first edition of the festival of electronic music INASOUND, which was to be held this weekend at the Palais Brongniart, was postponed until spring.

In the regions, the city of Bordeaux has decided to close a dozen cultural establishments and public places, including the large library of Bordeaux-Mériadeck, the Aquitaine Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Art. Design, but also the Botanical Garden and Opera. A book fair at the Grand Theater was also canceled, and a "solidarity Christmas market" postponed.

The mayor of Saint-Etienne Gaël Perdriau has proposed to his Lyon counterpart Gerard Collomb to "cancel" the Festival of Lights.

The shops of the Champs-Elysées called to close

The Paris police prefecture has called the tradesmen of the Champs-Elysees sector to "close [leurs] doors and access "Saturday." Traders are "put in abeyance" "the day of the event: to close the doors and access, but also to sensitize their staff on the risks incurred", it is indicated in a sheet of opinion addressed by the prefecture of police to the traders, consulted by the AFP The opinion, which the managers are invited to sign and stamp, does not specify if the closing of the businesses must be total or partial.

The studio-shot telethon

The big charity event for the fight against rare diseases had to modify its program. Exit first of all the big plate of France Televisions which was to be installed outside, place of the Concorde, and thus at the bottom of the Champs-Elysées. It will be replaced by a shooting in studios.

In addition, several events were canceled as a precaution, such as the "March of Rare Diseases" planned Saturday noon at Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, or the "village of Telethon" to be established in Bordeaux.

Six Ligue 1 games postponed

Six matches of the 17th day of Ligue 1 have been postponed: PSG-Montpellier, Toulouse-Lyon, Nîmes-Nantes and Angers-Bordeaux, which were to be held Saturday, Monaco-Nice, scheduled for Friday night opening of the 17th day, and finally the meeting between Saint-Etienne and Marseille, scheduled Sunday evening.

Only four posters remained on Thursday early in the evening: two Saturday at 20h, Guingamp-Amiens and Rennes-Dijon, and two Sunday, Strasbourg-Caen at 15h and Lille-Reims at 17h.

The course of the modified climate walk

The march of the march for the climate envisaged Saturday in Paris was modified, to distance the event from the Champs-Elysées. It will finally leave at 14h of Nation and will end with a rally on the Place de la République, when it was originally to start from Trocadero, towards the Champ-de-Mars.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had called Monday to suspend the event, after the clashes of the weekend on the Champs-Elysees, but the initiators of the walk climate, planned for a long time, had answered him in the negative.

The "Animal Christmas" of the canceled SPA

The SPA has canceled its traditional "Christmas of animals", which was to be held this weekend in the Republic Square in Paris. 400 dogs and cats were to be proposed for adoption, as part of an ephemeral refuge.

(with AFP)