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France In Chaos;Macron Mulls State Of Emergency Amid "Yellow Vest" Protests + Macron Hit In Head w/Egg

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by inezfrans - Dec 2, 2018 10:39 am

France In Chaos; Macron Mulling State Of Emergency Amid "Yellow Vest" Protests; "All Options" Considered

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French President Emmanuel Macron will hold an emergency meeting of senior ministers on Sunday following the worst unrest Paris has seen in decades on Saturday.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told France's Europe 1 radio that a state of emergency may be imposed to prevent "serious outbursts of violence" after thousands of masked "Yellow Vest" protesters fought with police, and set fires to cars, houses and banks in the worst disturbances France's capital has seen since 1968, when Macron's wife was fifteen - the same age the French president was when they met. 

Griveaux had indicated the Macron administration was considering imposing a state of emergency. The president was open to dialogue, he said, but would not reverse policy reforms.

“We won’t change course. We are certain of that,” he told Europe 1 radio. -Reuters

On Saturday riot police were overwhelmed as protesters embarked on their destructive crime spree. Macron, meanwhile, denied that a state of emergency had been discussed

A French presidential source said Macron would not speak to the nation on Sunday despite calls for him to offer immediate concessions to demonstrators, and said the idea of imposing a state of emergency had not been discussed.

Arriving back from the G20 summit in Argentina, Macron had earlier rushed to the Arc de Triomphe, a revered monument and epicenter of Saturday’s clashes, where protesters had scrawled “Macron resign” and “The yellow vests will triumph”. -Reuters

The Jeu de Paume - one of best art galleries in Paris - is on fire. A mob is storming through the Tuleries Garden. pic.twitter.com/pHaPJxI3Yt

— Peter Allen (@peterallenparis) December 1, 2018

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Instead, Macron ordered his interior minister on Sunday to hold talks with political leaders and demonstrators, according to Reuters

Griveaux said that around 1,000 and 1,500 protesters joined Saturday's demonstrations "only to fight with the police, to break and loot," and that the violent element "have nothing to do with the yellow vests" (aside from wearing yellow vests?). 

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Demonstrators on Saturday were filmed destroing a police van and other vehicles, while other videos showed burning cars and police firing some 10,000 tear gas canisters as well as stun grenades to break up the protests. 

 

Macron says the fuel hikes are necessary to combat climate change - a move which has tappped into the deep dissatisfaction toward his many liberal reforms which many French voters feel favor big business and the wealthy. 

Macron’s plight illustrates a conundrum: How do political leaders’ introduce policies that will do long-term good for the environment without inflicting extra costs on voters that may damage their chances of re-election?

His unyielding response has exposed him to charges of being out of touch with common folk outside of France’s big cities who worry about the squeeze on household budgets and job security.

The protests have driven Macron’s popularity to record lows and left him facing a lose-lose situation, said Gael Sliman, president of the Odoxa polling institute said. -Reuters

As Sliman notes, Macron can either cave to the protesters and face criticism by his opponents, or he can put down the dissent by force. "In the second scenario, Macron will still come out loser, because what everyone will remember is that he wrestled with the popular classes. He would be victorious, but at the cost of having crushed them," Sliman said. 

 

Macron was flanked by heavy security on Champs Elysees boulevard before heading into Sunday's meeting, as bystanders both cheered and jeered him - with many calling for his resignation. 

So too did Jean-Luc Melenchon, head of hard-left party La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who both demanded the government unwind its fuel tax hikes. They called for parliament to be dissolved and snap elections held.

Such an outcome is unlikely, however. Macron has 3 1/2 years left of his five-year mandate and a strong majority in parliament, albeit with signs of simmering unease on the backbenches over his response to the protests. -Reuters

The reported size of the protest has varied between 36,000 and 75,000 yellow vests, while last week saw over 110,000 protesters at the Champs-Elysées in central Paris. Over 400 arrests were made and 113 injured in Saturday's unrest which began on November 17 over a hike in diesel taxes, but has grown to a general protest of Macron and his government. Macron's popularity rating has plummeted to just 26%, while opinion polls for the 2019 parliament elections predict that right-wing Marine Le Pen's National Rally party will be level - or far ahead - from Macron's La République En Marche. 

"The violence is increasing at an exponential rate," said Claude, a resident in the affluent 16th district according to Reuters. "The state is losing control, it is scary. They cannot let this happen. Maybe the army should intervene."

Meanwhile, Paris burns...

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Who Are France's Yellow Vest Protesters And What Do They Want?

"....Originally, the yellow vest protesters were people from rural areas who have to drive long distances as part of their daily life. They said they couldn't afford the hike in fuel prices. Protests appeared in pockets around France to denounce Macron's green tax, and then quickly grew into a larger movement that includes members of the working and middle classes who are expressing their frustration about slipping standards of living. They say their incomes are too high to qualify for social welfare benefits but too low to make ends meet. The movement has no official leadership and was organized initially through social media groups.

The protesters focus on Macron as the source of their problems. Along with his early reforms to loosen labor laws and slash France's famous wealth tax, the fuel tax reinforces protesters' image of him as a president of the rich.....

Political leaders such as Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Rally (formerly the National Front), and Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the far-left France Unbowed have tried without success to latch onto the yellow vests.

The inability of these two parties, which usually do well with groups who feel marginalized, signals the yellow vest protesters are fed up with all figures of the political establishment.........

 

Depending on what measures the government announces this week, the French government's top priority is preventing more riots and making sure proper security is in place in the event of more protests. Macron has previously said he won't back down on the fuel tax. Since he took office 18 months ago, the French president has seen public pushback on almost every one of his reforms, especially liberalizing the labor market. However, this is the biggest political crisis he has faced so far, and it could determine the rest of his presidency. ...."

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/03/672862353/who-are-frances-yellow-vest-protesters-and-what-do-they-want

 

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The folks over at Red State are having fits. It seems to them France will soon be 

another Venezuela and according to some of the true red wingnuts the U.S. will

not be far behind.

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2 hours ago, Vautrin said:

The folks over at Red State are having fits. It seems to them France will soon be 

another Venezuela and according to some of the true red wingnuts the U.S. will

not be far behind.

I don't have the heart to tell them that France has had a socialist government on and off for 19 years.

 And in the late 1990s  they even had a conservative government that was in a parliamentary cohabitation with the Communist Party.

What you don't know about France can make you look stupid.

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On 11/30/2018 at 10:38 PM, jakeem said:

incredible interaction caught on camera — Emmanuel Macron telling the Saudi Crown Prince “You never listen to me.” French officials say it is part of a 5-minute exchange of Macron confronting Mohammed bin Salman about the Khashoggi murder

Macron has played the story down the middle a bit -- he called for international experts to investigate, but also dismissed the idea of suspending arms sales in response to Khashoggi. "That’s pure demagoguery... It’s got nothing to do with Mr Khashoggi," he said on 10/26.

Image result for mbs and macron

 

On 11/30/2018 at 10:57 PM, jakeem said:

Putin: “Is he looking?”

MBS: “Yes, he is. He’s doing his pouty face.”

Putin: “He’s such a tool!”

MBS: “Did you say he’s our tool or he’s our fool?”

Putin & MBS: “Ha, Ha, Ha!”

Putin: “High-5 me, Bro!”

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On 12/2/2018 at 12:46 PM, JR33928 said:

Girlyboy Macron hit in head by an egg lolol:)

 

 Monsieur Macron, the President of the Republic of France,

had the guts to stand up and confront the Saudi Crown Prince about the death of the Washington Post journalist.

 

*Meanwhile the President of the United States just stood there and stared at the Crown Prince in cowardice.

** It's obvious to anyone who the real girly boy is here.  LMREO

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14 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

I don't have the heart to tell them that France has had a socialist government on and off for 19 years.

 And in the late 1990s  they even had a conservative government that was in a parliamentary cohabitation with the Communist Party.

What you don't know about France can make you look stupid.

I suppose that all turns on how one defines socialism. I've never thought of France as a

socialist country since the gov't does not own the means of production. A democratic

socialist country, sure. I remember when Macron was elected he was lauded as an independent

guy who could get things done without the taint of party. Okayyyyy.

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OK, how much was the fossil fuel tax before and how much was it going to be raised?

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".....According to government officials, this goal was behind the plan to increase petrol prices by four euro cents a litre from January. This, they said, was one of several steps towards France’s commitment to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 and to ban sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

The economic and environmental logic is sound. Raising the price of carbon is an essential tool if global warming is to be kept below the dangerous level of 1.5C, according to the recent report by the United Nations intergovernmental panel on climate change.........

Fuel taxes are also an incentive for change. As the former Nasa scientist James Hansen has noted: “As long as fossil fuels seem the cheapest energy to the public, they’ll keep using them.”

But while policy wonks across the world agree on the principle of “polluter pays”, Macron has clearly found it hard to convince the French public on two key questions: what they are supposed to be paying for and whether the burden is being fairly shared.

The majority of the hundreds of thousands of gilets jaunes protesters are from low- or middle-income families who are hardest hit by the fuel price rises because they spend a disproportionate share of their incomes on fuel and transport.

They may have found the eco-tax rise easier to stomach if the revenues were then redistributed among the public, a model already used in British Colombia that Justin Trudeau plans to expand throughout Canada.

There would also be less hostility if the revenues were ringfenced for renewable energy, environmental homes or a better healthcare system.......

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/04/macron-u-turn-on-eco-tax-rise-gives-green-lobby-fuel-for-thought

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48 minutes ago, Vautrin said:

I suppose that all turns on how one defines socialism. I've never thought of France as a

socialist country since the gov't does not own the means of production. A democratic

socialist country, sure. I remember when Macron was elected he was lauded as an independent

guy who could get things done without the taint of party. Okayyyyy.

 When Mitterand and his Socialist Party took over France for 14 years,  they Defined socialism with what would work in France. Something worked and some things didn't, so you would definitely still call it a mixed economy.  And whoever said socialism couldn't be democratic? The French Socialist Party as well as the French Communist Party-- like everything French--

they do it their own way and in their own style.

 

Macron formed his own political party. Previously he had been somewhat part of the Socialist political establishment, having  briefly worked for Hollande's Administration.

 

Also, more bad news for Macron is that the previous president is publicly going around France and encouraging the Gilets Jaunes to get professionally organized to confront the Macron government face to face, while the extreme right and extreme left-wing leaders are calling for the government to collapse.

Ambitious Political leaders are always there if there is any kind of a societal vacuum or violent confusion.

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