Juncker Visit to French Parliament Canceled Following Riots

Politics | December 3, 2018, Monday // 14:39
Bulgaria: Juncker Visit to French Parliament Canceled Following Riots Източник: pixabay

An address to the French National Assembly on Tuesday by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was canceled to “give priority” to a hearing on the “Yellow Jacket” protests that have swept across France in recent weeks, writes Politico. 

On Saturday, thousands of rioters clashed with police in Paris, burning cars, looting shops and tearing down street furniture. Demonstrators even spray painted the Arc de Triomphe — a national war memorial and the resting place of the tomb of the unknown soldier. Riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters. According to the Associated Press, 133 people were injured in the violence and 112 vehicles set on fire.

 Juncker had been scheduled to go to Paris to participate in a cocktail reception at the hemicycle, deliver a speech to MPs and later debate with them. He also had a meeting scheduled with Richard Ferrand, the president of the National Assembly and a “working dinner” with President Emmanuel Macron. It is unclear whether the dinner will go ahead.

A statement issued by the parliament Monday said Juncker’s visit would be postponed until “a later date” because a formal session of questions to the government about the riots had been put on the agenda.

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