Dec 30, 2018

France planning heavy security for New Year's Eve

Yellow vest protestors. Photo: Bruno Thevenin/LightRocket via Getty Images

Authorities in France are deploying more than 147,000 officers nationwide for security during New Year's Eve celebrations for what the country's Interior Ministry calls a "high terrorist threat," the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: Though the yellow vest protests against taxes and President Emmanuel Macron's policies have faded since he announced concessions, authorities are still concerned about "non-declared" protests in public places that could become dangerous. The ministry will have extra security focus on heavy gathering places such as roads, public transportation and shopping areas.

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