If the black smoke over the Paris skyline and charred cars and buildings along the Champs-Elysees were not alarming enough, things look to get much worse as the government prepares to escalate.
In an effort to clamp down on the unraveling security situation, the French authorities have announced the deployment of anti-terrorism military forces in order to protect and secure public buildings.
Lately non Yellow Vest related hooligans torched banks, residential buildings, luxury stores and vandalized and destroyed restaurants.
Following the worsening protest situation of the past weekend the government will redirect counter-terror troops from Opération Sentinelle to focus on Yellow Vest related threats.
Opération Sentinelle began after the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks and resulted in some 10,000 soldiers and 4,700 police and gendarmes deployed at sensitive sites and public buildings across the country.
According to Bloomberg, French authorities have sought to calm the obvious and immediate fears raised that the move constitutes the government taking a full martial law approach of sending the military against its own people.
Macron’s government has lately appeared powerless as shocking and embarrassing (for security forces) images of the iconic Champs-Elysees looking like a Syria-like bombed out war zone have been beamed around the world.
The deployment of troops is intended to allow riot police to engage more aggressively with the far-left and far-right groups as well as anarchists who have been blamed for much of the (police) violence.
Some police unions have warned that maintaining law and order was not the role of a soldier.
But it now appears Macron is ever more ready to try a “gloves off” approach in his deploying counter-terror military forces against what Paris officials have described as far-left “black bloc” activists or ultra-radicals and anarchists who merely seek as much war-like destruction as possible.
The Mind Unleashed / ABC Flash Point News 2019.