Major tourist attractions are set to be shut down as 90,000 riot cops prepare to tackle Saturday's ferocious Yellow Vest protest.
It comes after tax offices across the country were stormed and petrol-bombed – with one confrontation leading to a protester ramming his tractor into a local government building.
The first attack was in the southern town of Perpignan, when officials were forced to flee their posts after a rioter vowed to "come back with my gun".
And 200 tax inspectors in Poiters were escorted out of their building by a battalion of riot cops as protesters yelled "collaborators".
Cops in Paris ordered shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees to close their doors after intelligence officials said protesters were coming "to smash and to kill" for one day more on Saturday.
There was widespread rioting in Paris last weekend, with national monuments including the Arc de Triomphe vandalised and more than 400 people arrested.
Yesterday a spokesman for President Macron said: "We have reason to fear a great violence this Saturday."
The Yellow Vest protesters are planning on more demonstrations despite a humiliating government U-turn on a proposed petrol tax.
The group is named after the high visibility jackets that all motorists have to carry in France and originally called for a reduction in the price of diesel and petrol.
The once-popular President Macron is now described as “The President of the Rich”, and widely disliked among the French public.
Last week horrifying images of French police beating up protesters have emerged – inflaming an already tense situation.
Mr Macron’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe, said: “What is at stake is the safety of the French people and our institutions. I call for responsibility.
“All the actors in the public debate – politicians, union leaders, journalists and citizens – will be accountable for their statements in the coming days.”
Social media is currently full of appeals for people to mass around the Champs Elysees in Paris on Saturday, so as to create disorder.
It will mean the fourth day of disturbances in a row, leading it to be dubbed “Act 4.”
Yesterday cops were forced to round up 153 baby-faced rioters at a single school – with officers forcing kids as young as 12 being to kneel in silence against a wall.
Shocking footage shows the officers arresting pupils at the lawless Saint-Exupéry school on the outskirts of Paris.
The Sun Says
FRANCE’S riots are the direct result of President Macron’s ocean-going arrogance.
Hitting skint workers with higher fuel taxes and telling them it’s for their own long-term good is typical of him.
And after his aggression towards Britain . . . well, these woes couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke, could they?
But there is a warning there for us.
Exorbitant fuel prices are bad enough. Imagine telling 17.4million Leave voters their victory didn’t count.
The Sun warned yesterday that we fear civil disorder if a second referendum is called. Let’s be crystal clear: riots, or worse, are horrific, indefensible and the last thing anyone should want.
And we will not shrink from our view that second-vote campaigners are too glib about the forces they may unleash.
It shows children and teenagers kneeling in rows with their hands behind their heads – with some pressed up against a concrete wall.
One officer tells the kids that they will ALL be charged with violent disorder after "participating in an armed crowd".
They had reportedly taken part in a nationwide school blockade in opposition to Macron's hated education reforms.
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