World News Briefs -- January 11, 2019

Daily Mail: Yellow vests are BANNED from marching in parts of France amid fears of violence and looting as police warn protests are gaining steam again as they enter their ninth week

* Yellow vest protesters march across France Saturday for ninth week of action
* Police said demonstrations would be bigger and more violent than last week
* Marchers were banned from city of Bourges amid fears of rioting and looting
* Activists are calling for social reforms and for President Macron to leave office

France is braced for bigger and more violent yellow vest protests this weekend as police warned the demonstrations are gathering steam again as they enter their ninth consecutive weekend.

National police chief Eric Morvan told France Inter radio he expected 'a return to a level of mobilisation seen before the Christmas holidays' this Saturday.

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