Guardian sport on 6 December 2018
Thierry Henry’s much-awaited reunion with his former Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira as managers of Monaco and Nice, respectively, has been postponed in anticipation of the gilets jaunes protests (yellow vests) this weekend.
The derby de la Côte d’Azur had been due to take place on Friday night with the 1998 World Cup winning pair in the opposing dugouts but it fell victim to the continuing unrest in France over proposed fuel tax rises, with police resources set to be stretched to the limit once again this weekend. Three other Ligue 1 matches have also been postponed, with Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Montpellier, St-Étienne’s fixture against Marseille and Toulouse v Lyon also set to be played on another date.
Violent protests have been held in major French cities over the past three weekends, with more planned to take place on Saturday and Sunday.