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Outrage in France as cash pours in for boxer who hit cop

Outrage in France as cash pours in for boxer who hit cop

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.

Numerous Facebook pages entitled "Support for Christophe Dettinger" have also been set up, with one such page showing it had more than 3,000 Facebook "likes".

Known as "The Gypsy From Massy", the 37-year-old man had turned himself in on Monday and remained in police custody.

To Marlene Schiappa, Secretary of State for Equality, the fundraising kitty was "a shame".

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.

In a video posted on YouTube on Sunday, he described himself as an "ordinary citizen" acting out of anger over what he called the repressive tactics of the police.

The platform did not reveal how much was raised in total, but said in a statement (in French) that it would ensure the funds would "be used only to pay for legal costs" and that any money left over would be returned to donors. These include a nationwide debate with citizens on ecological, fiscal and institutional questions, the results of which he says will feed into the policy-making process.

Speaking to French broadcaster TF1 on Monday, Edouard Philippe said the government can not accept people who participate in the protests to show violence.

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A clip of him punching the officer, on the Léopold-Sédar-Senghor bridge which links the Tuileries gardens to the Musée d'Orsay, has been viewed millions of times.

In addition, the protesters drew support from an unlikely source on Monday when the two leading figures of the populist government in Rome urged the yellow vests to continue, in comments which risk ramping up Italy's war of words with Macron.

He added: "I'm demonstrating for all the pensioners, for the future of my children, for single women, for everything we're fighting for".

After weeks of violent protests that plunged Paris into its worst chaos in decades, Macron capitulated last month over an original plan to raise fuel taxes, his major U-turn since taking office 20 months ago.

The yellow vest movement was named after the fluorescent garments French motorists must carry so they are visible if they need to get out of their vehicles in a place that could be unsafe.

Dubbed the "Collectors' Referendum", the latest demonstration by the movement calls on supporters to withdraw all their savings and other deposited cash from financial institutions on Saturday.

Mr Macron made a raft of economic concessions in December to appease the protesters.

In a New Year's Eve address, Macron vowed to press on with his reform agenda, saying: "We can't work less, earn more, cut taxes and increase spending".


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