Paris in flames: The photos out of France are getting more intense as city braces for more protests

The City of Lights is battling flames this week.

Protests in France have escalated over the past several days, resulting in four deaths and damage to the city.

In response, France has mobilized tens of thousands of police officers and made plans to shut down more than a dozen tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

The drastic security measures will put central Paris in a lockdown on Saturday, disrupting the plans of tens of thousands of tourists and residents.

A car burns outside the Lycee Professionnel Jean-Pierre Timbaud high school after being set ablaze by students protesting against French government Education reforms on Monday in Aubervilliers.

On Friday, workers across Paris lugged pieces of plywood and hammered boards over the windows of shops and businesses — making the plush Champs-Elysees neighborhood appear like it was bracing for a hurricane.

Some top French officials said that description was not far off.

“According to the information we have, some radicalized and rebellious people will try to get mobilized tomorrow,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told a news conference on Friday. “Some ultraviolent people want to take part.”

Initially, the grass-roots group of protesters was complaining about a sharp increase in diesel taxes, and they have demonstrated since mid-November.

The French politician Ségolène Royal, who ran against Nicolas Sarkozy in the presidential run-off in 2007, said in an interview with the Financial Times this week that the demonstrations are the biggest crisis of French President Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.

“It’s quite simple. People have had enough of taxes,” she said.

But Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, and protesters’ demands have now expanded to other issues, including changes being made to key high school tests in France.

School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday.

Here are some of the photos of the protests so far.

A worker cleans a graffiti reading “long term unrest” near the Champs-Elysees avenue, Friday.

School children demonstrate in Paris, Friday..

Dozens of ambulances block the Place de la Concorde square and bridge leading to the French National Assembly during a protest of ambulances owner and drivers against their working conditions and for the withdrawal of the newly voted article 80 of the finance act on social security.

Burned cars on a street in Paris, a day after clashes during a protest of Yellow vests against rising oil prices and living costs.

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