Paris police and store owners are bracing for new violence at protests Saturday, despite President Emmanuel Macron’s surrender over a fuel tax hike that unleashed weeks of unrest.

Police unions and local authorities are holding emergency meetings Thursday to strategize — while disparate groups of protesters are sharing plans on social networks and chat groups.

A group of demonstrators wearing their yellow vest pose on an occupied traffic circle, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 outside La Mede oil refinery, near Martigues, southeastern France. Trade unions and farmers pledged Wednesday to join nationwide protests against President Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government failed to stem the momentum of the most violent demonstrations France has seen in decades. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
A group of demonstrators wearing their yellow vest pose on an occupied traffic circle, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 outside La Mede oil refinery, near Martigues, southeastern France. Trade unions and farmers pledged Wednesday to join nationwide protests against President Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government failed to stem the momentum of the most violent demonstrations France has seen in decades. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

After the worst rioting in Paris in decades last weekend, many shops and restaurants in the center of the capital are expected to shut down Saturday, fearing a repeat of the violence.

A demonstrator holds a french flag at the toll gates on a motorway at Biarritz southwestern France, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.T he concessions made by French president Emmanuel Macron's government in a bid to stop the huge and violent anti-government demonstrations seemed on Wednesday to have failed to convince protesters, with trade unions and disgruntled farmers now threatening to join the fray.(AP Photo/Bob Edme)
A demonstrator holds a french flag at the toll gates on a motorway at Biarritz southwestern France, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.T he concessions made by French president Emmanuel Macron’s government in a bid to stop the huge and violent anti-government demonstrations seemed on Wednesday to have failed to convince protesters, with trade unions and disgruntled farmers now threatening to join the fray.(AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, but protesters’ demands have now expanded to other issues.

Protesting students are disrupting schools and universities Thursday, and drivers are still blocking roads around France, now demanding broader tax cuts and government aid.

Source: The Associated Press

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