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French ministry warns of a possible coup, attacks on politicians amid ‘yellow vests’ protests

As the violent “yellow vests” protests continue across France, a major French ministry has warned of a possibility of a coup d’état and even forbid its staff from going to work this weekend, Le Figaro newspaper reported late Thursday.

“They are putschists. We are in a coup attempt,” French officials were quoted as saying in the piece.

The report said protesters are also planning to attack officials, including bureaucrats and government officials.

Quoting French intelligence services, Le Figaro also said there are “calls to kill and be armed with guns to attack parliamentarians, the government, the officials of the executive and the police,” adding that the secret services reported these threats to the presidency.

“If there are ten deaths this weekend, it is not sure that we can keep the Minister of the Interior,” a source close to President Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying in the article. Questions were also raised as to whether or not the prime minister would change, adding that “at best,” things can change before the May 2019 European elections, and “in the worst case,” “before Christmas.”