€114,000 raised for boxer who punched police at gilets jaunes protest

The former French boxing champion was filmed punching and kicking police officers

Despite his self-confessed violence during disturbances in Paris last Saturday, he describes himself as an ordinary citizen, neither a right-wing nor left-wing extremist. "It needs to end", he told RTL radio on Monday.

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

But government officials denounced the fundraising drive, with many calling for it to be shut down or for the pledged funds to be seized.

The SCSI-CFDT police union said the funds should be seized to compensate the two officers injured in Saturday's attack.

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.

Christophe Dettinger, who was twice national light-heavyweight boxing champion, was taking part in the eighth Saturday of anti-government protests that have undermined President Emmanuel Macron's authority.

Philippe said 80,000 members of the security forces would be deployed for the next expected wave of protests, adding that "those who question our institutions will not have the last word".

The gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement - named after the hi-vis jackets worn by protesters - began in November as a revolt against the imposition of a fuel tax, but has morphed into a nationwide movement against the government and the pro-business, centrist Macron, who is accused of favouring the rich and maintaining an unfair tax system.

According to her, some French people were sending videos featuring yellow vest rallies to the RT having lost trust in their own media. The new law would ban troublemakers-who Philippe called "casseurs", or thugs-from protests and crack down on people at demonstrations who hide their faces with masks.

Yellow vest activists are urging French citizens to empty their bank accounts and spark a massive run on French banks in their long-standing fight with the government.

But numerous protesters say the measures are not enough and that rural France is paying the price for Macron's policies, which they see as mainly profiting a wealthy Parisian elite.

"The government is in favour of our law being amended and punishing those who do not respect this obligation to declare protests, those who take part in undeclared protests, those who arrive at protests with balaclavas", added the prime minister.

Politician Chantal Jouanno had been due to lead a national debate organised by the government to discuss living standards and government policies.

The 49-year-old quit on Tuesday night after details of her monthly salary were leaked. Punches also connected with an officer's head, footage showed.



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