Police cancel French Ligue 1 match after violent protests

Author: BBC
Yellow vests protesters in France

The escalating violent protests in Paris and major cities in France against the French government on the rise in fuel taxes has forced police in Paris to postpone the French Ligue 1 match between Paris St-Germain (PSG) and Montpellier .

Over the past three weeks, violent protests have been held in major French cities against a rise in fuel taxes. Three people, including an 80 year old lady have so far died during the period.

The "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests) protests have now grown to reflect more widespread anger at the government and more are planned for this weekend, a situation that informed the police to postpone the match.

League leaders, PSG said a new date for the match "will be set in due course".

PSG's next two games are away from Paris. They  will play local side,Strasbourg in the French top flight on Wednesday, before travelling to Belgrade  to play Red Star in the Champions League on December 11.

"We accept this postponement," said PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.

"We'll have to manage this situation to stay in shape before Belgrade. Security is absolutely important," he declared.