<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.12/article/5c0b7555dda4c88e0c8b4652.jpg"> <figcaption>A Gendarmerie armored vehicle (VBRG) early on December 8, 2018 at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>Several armored vehicles belonging to the French Gendarmerie – the military police – have arrived in Paris, which is bracing for another wave of Yellow Vest protests.</strong> It comes after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Thursday promised the hardware, as well as 8,000 additional officers for the capital and 89,000 nationwide for reinforcement. The deployment of the armored vehicles in an urban area is the first since 2005 when riots broke out in the Paris suburbs.
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The French Gendarmerie is a military police force which works under the jurisdiction of both the Interior and Defense Ministries.
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Previous weekend protests turned into street battles between police and thousands of demonstrators, angered at planned fuel price hikes and a tax increase. Even though the government dropped the plans, the Yellow Vests promised more rallies.
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