FRANCE CHAOS: Now ‘BLUE VEST’ protestors cause chaos as Macron crisis deepens

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
By Paul Martin

AIR passengers have been hit by delays in Paris as French police slowed down passport controls in a protest over overtime pay.

Wed, Dec 19, 2018

In the “blue vest” protest, the police caused long queues of waiting passengers at Charles de Gaulle airport after deliberately dragging their heels at passport check in. Airport officials said the slow-down was currently only hitting Terminal 1, adding that police were working but taking their time with “deep checks” of passengers. Elsewhere in Paris, some police stations were responding only to emergencies as police continued to negotiate with the government for extra cash for working additional hours at the recent “yellow vest” protests.

The action comes as yet another blow for President Emmanuel Macron following five consecutive weekends of disruptive and often violent “yellow vest” protests across France.

Scores of police officers have been injured since the citizen-driven “yellow vest” movement was launched in mid-November, most in violent clashes with anti-government protesters.

Police unions have denounced working conditions and complained about what they said were strained resources as officers have been sent in to clear roadblocks and restrain violent thugs who have joined street demonstrations to stir chaos and provoke police.

Furthermore, the Alliance police union called on police officers across France to handle only emergencies amid negotiations with the Interior Ministry.

The French government proposed giving 300-euro ($£270) bonuses to officers deployed to the protests by the yellow vest movement after French President Emmanuel Macron committed to the idea of protest duty pay earlier this month.

However, police union representatives want more cash along with additional compensation for years of overtime duty never paid out.

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