By 2050 the climate in #Amsterdam,, The Hague and #Rotterdam will be comparable to what #Paris has today, according to an analysis by scientists from Crowther Lab, which forms part of the ETH Zuirch university. According to the researchers, 77 percent of the world’s cities will see a “striking change” in climate by 2050.
(#PARIS) — Yellow vest demonstrators gathered in Paris and other French cities for a 19th round of demonstrations as authorities issued bans on protests in certain areas and enhanced security measures in an effort to avoid a repeat of last week’s riots in the capital.
Authorities banned protests Saturday from the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris and central neighborhoods of several cities including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Nice in the south, and Rouen in western France.
At noon (1100 GMT), hundreds of protesters gathered on the Denfert-Rochereau plaza, in southern Paris, from where they were planning to march toward tourist hotspot Montmartre in the north. Dozens of others were peacefully standing on Trocadero plaza, next to the Eiffel Tower.
Meanwhile, the Champs-Elysees was almost empty except for a huge police presence.
Paris police said 31 people have been arrested and 15 protesters were fined for being in the banned area, out of 2,322 controls in the streets of the capital.
In Nice, police dispersed a few hundred protesters who gathered on a central plaza. The city was placed under high security measures as Chinese President Xi Jinping was expected to stay overnight on Sunday as part of a state visit to France.
The new Paris police chief, Didier Lallement, who took charge following last week’s protests, said specific police units have been created to react faster to any violence.
About 6,000 police officers are deployed in the capital and two drones are helping to monitor the demonstrations.
Authorities also deployed soldiers to protect sensitive sites and allow police forces to focus on maintaining order during the protests.
President Emmanuel Macron on Friday dismissed criticism from opposition leaders regarding the involvement of the military.
“Those trying to scare people, or to scare themselves, are wrong,” he said in Brussels.
Christelle Camus, a yellow vest from a southern suburb of Paris who came to the Trocadero gathering, said the use of soldiers to help ensure security is “a great nonsense.”
“Since when do soldiers face a population? We are here in France. You would say that we are here in (North) Korea or in China. I never saw something like this,” she said.
The French government announced new security measures this week and replaced the Paris police chief with Lallement following riots on the Champs-Elysees that left luxury stores ransacked and charred from arson fires.
Last week’s surge in violence came as the 4-month-old anti-government movement has been dwindling.
The protests started in November to oppose fuel tax hikes but have expanded into a broader rejection of Macron’s economic policies, which protesters say favor businesses and the wealthy over ordinary French workers.
The yellow vest movement was named after the fluorescent garments that French motorists must carry in their vehicles for emergencies.
(Bloomberg) — #Paris awoke to scenes of destruction on the Champs Elysees on Sunday following another day of Yellow Vest-led protests that turned violent.
Some 200 individuals are in custody, BFM TV reported, citing Paris prosecutors. About 80 shops on the French capital’s iconic avenue were damaged, with several cases of arson and looting, Agence France-Presse reported, citing Jean-Noel Reinhardt, president of the committee of the Champs Elysees.
It was the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests. French President Emmanuel #Macron — who cut his ski holiday short following a tour of Africa — vowed on Twitter Saturday evening that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.
Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner will meet with Philippe at the French prime minister’s office at 5:30 p.m. Paris time, BFM reported.
The Yellow Vests have been protesting across France since the end of November, with demands ranging from lower taxes to better public services.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, in an interview in Le Parisien on Sunday, said she wants the government to explain how it has handled security on the Champs Elysees. December saw the most violent weekends, with protests often forcing shops to shut down during the key run-up to Christmas.
The movement had seemed to be losing steam in the past few weeks as Macron’s government brought in a national debate initiative, which allowed individuals and opposition parties to voice their discontent by putting forward proposals to change the status quo. That process came to an end on March 15.
A poll from Elabe released on March 13 showed that 7 of 10 French individuals surveyed didn’t think that debate would resolve the crisis, while 63 percent thought the government wouldn’t take any of the policy proposals into account.
(#PARIS) — Large plumes of smoke rose above Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees avenue as French yellow vest protesters set fires, smashed up luxury stores and clashed with police Saturday in a 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron.
#Police tried to contain the demonstrators with tear gas and water cannons. Fire trucks rushed to extinguish two burning newspaper kiosks that were set ablaze, sending black smoke high into the sky.
As demonstrators targeted symbols of the luxury industry, shops including brands Hugo Boss and Lacoste were smashed up and pillaged, and mannequins thrown out of the broken windows. A posh eatery called Fouquet’s, which is associated with politicians and celebrities, was vandalized and set on fire. A vehicle burned outside luxury boutique Kenzo, one of many blazes on and around the Champs-Elysees.
The violence started when protesters threw smoke bombs and other objects at officers along the famed avenue — scene of repeated past rioting — and started pounding on the windows of a police van. Riot police then retreated, with protesters kicking the side of the large truck.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said there were 7,000-8,000 demonstrators in Paris on Saturday of which 1,500 were “ultraviolent ones that are there to smash things up.”
Pushing a hard line, Castaner ordered police to retaliate against these “inadmissible” acts, condemning those who “call for violence and are here to ferment chaos in Paris.”
After dwindling numbers in recent weekends, protesters are hoping their latest day of action can breathe new life into their movement against a president seen as favoring the elite.
Paris police told The Associated Press that 64 people were arrested by early afternoon. Bracing for a potential uptick in protester numbers and violence, the French capital deployed more police Saturday than in previous weekends. Police closed down several streets and fanned out around the Right Bank.
Yellow vest groups representing teachers, unemployed people and labor unions were among those that organized dozens of rallies and marches Saturday in the capital and around France.
The actions mark the end of a two-month national debate that Macron organized to respond to protesters’ concerns.
Protesters dismiss the debate as empty words and a campaign ploy by Macron for European Parliament elections in May. They are angry over high taxes and Macron policies seen as coddling the business world.
“Those who participated in this great debate are mostly retirees and upper middle class, meaning Macron’s electorate, even though we understood this great national debate was supposed to respond to the yellow vest crisis,” lawyer and protester Francois Boulo told Europe-1 radio.
In their online appeal for Saturday’s protests, organizers said they wanted the day to serve as an “ultimatum” to “the government and the powerful.”
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Parisian restaurant group Big Mamma operate some of the best Italian restaurants in #Paris, including our favourite brunch spot, Big Love. They recently made the move to London, opening an Italian trattoria called Gloria opening in Shoreditch – if you’ve walked down Great Eastern Street lately you will have noticed the bright yellow exterioir, absolutely covered in plants and foliage. It’s certainly a bright spot on an otherwise unremarkbale main road.
Inside, the design of the two-floor restaurant is inspired by ‘1970s Capri’, and just like the exterior, it’s pretty full on with bright colours, more plants, a central bar with hundres of glowing bottles, and every inch of space decorated with pictures and mirrors. While it may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s a nice refreshing antidote to the usual London minimalist cool at least.
The menu proudly celebrates the best produce Italy has to offer – the team spent three years exploring and sourcing ingredients from all over #Italy – They make a hell of a lot on site too, including fresh pasta, coffee, gelato, home-brewed beer and limoncello.
We’re a sucker for a charcuterie board so we happily kicked off with one of these, plus a huge spehere of fresh creamy buratta with chunks of focaccia. We’re also pretty partial to a lasagne and when you see one on the menu called ‘The 10 Level Lasagne” it’s hard to turn that down. It lived up to the billing, with 10 densely packed layers of meaty sauce, it near enough wiped us out. In case you hadn’t guessed already this place is purposely OTT and other pasta options include Cacio e Pepe served in a giant cheese wheel for two to share. Our pizza was a more conservative choice, freshly baked in a wood fire oven in a Neoplitan style and topped simply with n’duja and mozarella.
Gloria was absolutely packed when we went, with a queue out the door already forming at 6pm, so looks like it’s already a hit.
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