Paris climate summit march in doubt after talks deadlock

Authorities are stepping up security for the Paris climate conference, which has been planned since 2011. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Activists object to French government proposals to scale down protest on 29 November amid security fears following terrorist attacks

Arthur Neslen and Fiona Harvey

Tuesday 17 November 2015 09.31 EST Last modified on Tuesday 17 November 2015 10.09 EST

Talks between the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, and campaigners over the fate of a huge march before the forthcoming Paris climate summit have ended without agreement.

In the wake of attacks in Paris last Friday, the French government proposed scaling down the protest from a march on 29 November – which organisers had hoped would draw hundreds of thousands of people – to a stationary rally.

One activist source said organisers would respond flexibly to Fabius’s suggestions, but that a “kettled” rally of 5,000 people held in the Paris suburbs “would not be acceptable”.

The crucial UN climate conference, which has been in planning since 2011, will go ahead with heightened security, President François Hollande has said. But French security forces are understood to favour a blanket ban on public demonstrations around it.

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