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Protestors in France urge bank run, attempt to collapse the euro

Protestors in France urge bank run, attempt to collapse the euro

In another video Dettinger can be seen kicking a policeman on the ground.

"And faced with ultra-violence, we need to be ultra-severe". "Everyone must assume their responsibilities: this fund is shameful", he added.

Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa told France Info radio the fundraiser was "illegal" because "it backs a criminal act, that is to say, gratuitous violence".

The fundraising website Leetchi initially defended its hosting of the appeal, saying that as a platform it was required to remain "neutral". It then closed the page to further cash contributions, though it said all citizens had the right to raise funds to defend themselves.

Speaking in a video uploaded to Facebook, an activist known only as Tahz San said the gesture aimed to "scare this (French) state completely legally and without any violence, yet more effectively than ever expected" throughout the history of the Gilet Jaunes movement.

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced plans to ban participation in unauthorised protests as the government scrambles to try to end weeks of violent "yellow vest" rallies.

It was the latest of weekly protests since November that have often spilled into running battles with police in Paris and other cities, with dozens of vehicles set ablaze and stores vandalised.

Disturbing footage emerged showing police beating protesters in the southern city of Toulon, with multiple media reporting that the incident is now under investigation for brutality.

The French media has been targeted, while mock executions of Macron have also been a feature of some gatherings, notably in the town of Angouleme in southwest France.

"Macron's government is not up to the expectations and some of the policies he is putting forward, particularly at the European level, are even harmful not only to French citizens but also to Europe", the Italian minister said, citing migration issues as a prime example.

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France has accused Italy of interfering in its affairs following the comments made by Di Maio and Salvini.

The yellow vest rebellion - so-called after the high-visibility jackets all French drivers must carry in their cars - began in November as a fuel tax revolt but quickly swelled into a wider backlash against President Emmanuel Macron's pro-business policies and detached governing style.

On Tuesday, under criticism for the 14,666-euro monthly salary she was reportedly receiving, she stepped down from that role - but would stay on to head the national committee overseeing the debate.

The protests have rocked France for nearly two months.

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