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MAP: Dozens of French cities brace for new protests on Saturday

Protesters will be taking to the streets in cities across France on Saturday in yet another nationwide rallying cry against the French government's proposed security law.

MAP: Dozens of French cities brace for new protests on Saturday
"No justice no peace". Protesters in Paris lit several vehicles and torched other items along their route last Saturday. Photo: AFP

The collective Coordination Stop Loi Sécurité Globale, named after the bill in question, will hold protests in dozens of French cities.

Last Saturday's protests ended in violent clashes, especially in Paris, where fringe protesters clad in black attacked police who used tear gas, water cannons and batons in response.

Consisting of several journalism unions and human rights organisations such as Amnesty International, the collective was formed to contest the so-called “global security law”, which was passed in the lower house of French parliament but still faces legislative hurdles before entering into effect.

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On Saturday they will also call on the government to withdraw an article in the so-called separatism bill (Law to strengthen Republican principles), which they say “risks reintroducing” the most controversial part of the security law, Article 24.

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The map below shows where there will be protests in France on Saturday:

Paris

Following last week's violent clashes in Paris, organisers said they had decided against rallying the masses in the capital on Saturday as “the conditions for protesters' safety are not guaranteed”.

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An independent Facebook event has called for protesters to meet at 2.30pm at Place du Châtelet in Paris in a demonstration that will head towards Place de la République, both in the centre of the capital.

An exact itinerary has not yet been published, but the route will likely look something like this:

Photo: Google Maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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