Paris, provinces brace for revived yellow vest protests

A woman passes by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) protestors inspired by a painting by Eugene Delacroix, "La Liber

A woman passes by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) protestors inspired by a painting by Eugene Delacroix, "La Liber

Protestors wearing yellow vests stand next to a fire in a makeshift camp on a roundabout near Senlis, north of Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. With it

Protestors wearing yellow vests stand next to a fire in a makeshift camp on a roundabout near Senlis, north of Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. With it

Protestors wearing yellow vests stand in a makeshift camp on a roundabout near Senlis, north of Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. With its makeshift gro

Protestors wearing yellow vests stand in a makeshift camp on a roundabout near Senlis, north of Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. With its makeshift gro

PARIS (AP) — The central French city of Bourges is shuttering shops to brace for possible violence between police and yellow vest protesters, as the nationwide movement seeks a new stage for its weekly demonstrations.

Paris, too, is hunkering down for a ninth weekend of anti-government protests Saturday. France's government has deployed 80,000 security forces for the day, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner threatened tough retaliation against violence.

Online groups mounted calls through the week for mass protests in Bourges, but Paris police said they wouldn't let down their guard, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees, scene of repeated rioting in past protests.

The protest movement waned over the holidays but appears to be resurging, despite concessions by President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters want deeper changes to France's economy and politics.