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Egypt clamps down on sale of yellow vests in bid to foil protests

Yellow vests during a demonstration in Brussels. Photo: AP

Egyptian authorities have restricted the sale of yellow reflective vests over fears "gilets jaunes" protests could break out in the country.

The measure was taken over concerns that political opponents might attempt to copy French protesters during next month's anniversary of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Thousands of people protesting across French cities, in scenes where violence frequently broke out, have earned themselves the title "yellow vest" movement over their choice of attire.

Egyptian authorities say industrial safety equipment distributors have been instructed not to sell yellow vests to walk-in buyers, only to verified companies and only after securing police permission.

Yellow vest protesters in France have caused widespread damage. Credit: AP

Security officials said restrictions would remain in force until the end of January.

Requests to the Interior Ministry for comment went unanswered.

The past two years, Egyptian authorities clamped down heavily to prevent any marches to commemorate the January 25 anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.

Demonstrators wearing yellow vests in Marseille. Credit: AP