French protesters brandish GUILLOTINE in chilling threat to Macron at 'Day of Rage' riots

The shocking footage emerged before Emmanuel Macron was due to meet trade unionists, employers and politicians ahead of him addressing his nation on Monday.

It is not yet known where the film was taken, however it was posted on Reddit as cities including Paris and Bordeaux exploded into violence, during a fourth weekend of demos by Yellow Vest protesters.

The brutal device is best known for its bloody role in the French Revolution when it was used to execute aristocrats and politicians seen as the "enemy of the people".

In France, it is still seen as a symbol of a way of toppling those who are in power.

Paris was on lockdown yesterday as 1,000 protesters were arrested and 135 were injured during riots in a 'Day of rage' across the country.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the violence in Paris was"under control" by 6pm local time, despite scattered tensions.

Mr Macron remained holed-up in the Elysee Palace in Paris as buildings were set on fire, shops were looted, and police were attacked.

Armoured cars, water canon and thousands of rounds of tear gas were used against the Yellow Vest fuel price rise opponents, who are named after the high visibility jackets all motorists carry in France.

They have been joined by agitators from the Left and Right, as well as criminal groups determined to cause mayhem.

Today, the highly influential Parisien newspaper reported that "After eight days of silence, the head of state" has told supporters"he will speak on Monday night on television to respond to the angry French."

Mr Macron will not appear "empty hand" but will instead make further concessions in regards to tax.

He has already been pilloried for abandoning green taxes on diesel and petrol in response to the early rioting, but is set to cave in further.

"There are too many taxes, too many taxes, too much taxation in this country," Mr Macron told MPs in a private meeting on Friday, Le Parisien reports.

The Yellow Vests said their protests would continue indefinitely as they campaign for even more tax reductions.

Public beheadings and the guillotine's bloody history

During the infamous Reign of Terror of the mid-1790s, thousands of “enemies of the French revolution” were killed by the guillotine’s blade.

People watched executions every day, most famously groups of morbid women who sat beside the scaffold and knitted in between beheadings.

Fascination with the guillotine waned at the end of the 18th century, but public beheadings still continued until the outbreak of World War Two.

Convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi became the last person to meet his end by the “National Razor” when he was executed in private in 1977.

And the machine’s 189-year bloody reign officially came to an end in September 1981, when France abolished capital punishment for good.

There have been calls for a State of Emergency to be announced, and for the Army to take to the streets.

The current spate of Paris violence  is considered the worst since the Spring of 1968, when President Charles de Gaulle’s government feared a full-blown revolution.

The independent Mr Macron, leader of the Republic On The Move party, won the French presidential election in a landslide in 2017, but he is now dubbed the "President of the Rich" with polls showing his popularity rating down to just 18 per cent

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