Former French boxing champ surrenders after punching police in protest

Former French boxing champ surrenders after punching police in protest

"Everyone must assume their responsibilities: this kitty is shameful", he added.

The fundraising website Leetchi initially defended its hosting of the appeal, saying that as a platform it was required to remain "neutral".

According to BFMTV news channel, the fund had been raised to about 120,000 euros (137,339 dollars) earlier on Tuesday.

French "yellow vest" protesters marched through Paris and other cities on Saturday to highlight their struggle to make ends meet, a day after President Emmanuel Macron's government hardened its stance against them. It then closed the page to further cash contributions, though it said all citizens had the right to raise funds to defend themselves.

Numerous "yellow vest" demonstrators are demanding that centrist President Emmanuel Macron resign, a call dismissed as undemocratic by the government.

In response, Dettinger said he had become angry after he, his wife and a friend had been teargassed, though he said he had acted wrongly.

Meanwhile, the Macron government has pledged to crack down on the protesters following their eighth consecutive weekend of action, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announcing on Monday that the administration is considering banning participation in unauthorised protests.

Several men driving a forklift truck also smashed open the doors to the ministry building of government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux in Paris, who denounced the break-in as an "unacceptable attack on the Republic".

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In other scenes that caused shock a former professional boxer was caught on camera beating up police officers.

The government said that a new set-up would be announced ahead of Macron's proposed letter to the French people next Tuesday about why the debate was needed.

"We are going to get our bread back...you're making money with our dough, and we're fed up", said protester Maxime Nicolle in a video message shared on YouTube.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe makes "public order" announcements in the face of recent protest violence across France, on January 7, 2019. She pointed to the fact that RT resources had 20 times more views of the reports about the yellow vests protests than French media.

Some yellow vest protesters are consider launching their own bid, which potentially could shuffle the cards.

The "yellow vest" demonstrations have been frequently violent since they began in late November, particularly on December 1 when crowds ransacked a museum in the Arc de Triomphe and daubed graffiti on the famed monument.

The protests started in November to oppose fuel tax hikes and have expanded into broader public rejections of Macron's economic policies, deemed to favor the rich.

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