Boxer who hit French cop gets pledges of cash and online support

Lloyd Doyle
January 8, 2019

Officials were outraged the page had been set up, saying it was tantamount to legitimising anti-police violence.

Mr Dettinger, known in the ring as "The Gypsy From Massy", a town near Paris, turned himself into police in the capital on yesterday morning.

"He was immediately arrested and will be held accountable for his acts by the justice system", Castaner added. "That's why the government favors updating the law in order to sanction those who do not respect this obligation to declare protests, those who take part in undeclared protests, those who arrive at protests with balaclavas" Philippe told TF1 television.

While the French government has scrapped its planned hike in diesel taxes, which had initially sparked the protests, the "yellow vests" have evolved into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs.

The 37-year-old, a French light-heavyweight champion in 2007 and 2008 who retired from the sport in 2013, said in a video that he had "boiled over" after being teargassed with his wife on his eighth Saturday protest.

"And faced with ultra-violence, we need to be ultra-severe".

The wave of so-called yellow vest protests - named after the obligatory attribute of French drivers - started in mid-November.

The demonstration began peacefully but turned aggressive as police fired tear gas to prevent protesters, who torched cars and burned barricades, from reaching parliament. "It needs to end", he told RTL radio. Demands are as disparate as its political support which ranges from the far-right to the far-left.

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 French media has been targeted, while mock executions of Macron have also been a feature of some gatherings.

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.

"Those who question our institutions will not have the last word", Mr Philippe said, announcing plans to deploy 80,000 security force members nationwide for the next round of demonstrations.

Dettinger's former coach, Jacky Trompesauce, had urged the father of three to give himself up to police earlier on Monday.

While condemning violent acts, Mr Salvini, who is also interior minister, said he supported "honest citizens who protest against a president who governs against his people".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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