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    Paris tries to put brakes on 'yellow vest' diesel protests

    The French government on Wednesday attempted to head off planned protests over rising fuel costs by announcing a series of measures to help poorer families pay their bills.A surge in the price of diesel has provoked an uproar in rural and small-town France, with citizens' groups threatening to block roads and highways on Saturday over what they call President Emmanuel Macron's anti-car policies.
    The "yellow vest" movement, named after the high-visibility jackets worn by protesters, is the latest to rattle Macron's centrist government.
    Around 600 protests are planned around the country on Saturday.
    President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that he "heard the anger" of drivers and others complaining of high taxes and a rising cost of living, saying that "I want to understand".
    "There is a right to protest... but there is also the right to freedom of movement for all French citizens," he said in a TV interview.
    Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had ruled out earlier Wednesday any U-turn on higher taxes on diesel, considered a major source of air pollution, but promised to do more to help poor families shoulder the cost.
    "We have heard the need of the French to be assisted in the (ecological) transition, which is difficult," he said.
    With the rising cost of living emerging as one of the biggest challenges of Macron's presidency, Philippe announced that 5.6 million households would receive energy subsidies, up from 3.6 million currently.
    The state will also double the scrappage bonus on polluting vehicles for France's poorest families, expand the scheme to target one million motorists in total over five years and introduce fuel tax credits for those who use their cars a lot for work.
    - 'Fed up' -
    The measures appeared unlikely however to appease the "angry vests", who have tapped into frustration with Macron's policies, seen as favouring high-earners in cities over the rural population and the poor.
    The leader of the protests in the central-eastern Dole region, Fabrice Schlegel, said he hoped some 1,500 cars would turn out to snarl traffic on Saturday.
    "We've been scorned for years; for years we've been talked down to. It's time for us, the little people, the non-political, non trade-union people, to rise up," he told a recent rally.
    French officials have warned they will not allow the protests to completely block access to French roads.
    In 2013, a protest by the Breton 'Red Caps' over an environmental tax on trucks led to running battles between police and demonstrators.
    The Socialist government of then President Francois Hollande eventually backed down.
    During a tour of the provinces last week to try reconnect with rural voters, Macron -- whose approval ratings have sunk to under 30 percent -- was repeatedly harangued over fuel prices.
    The price of diesel has risen around 23 percent over the past 12 months to an average of 1.51 euros ($1,70) per litre -- its highest point since the early 2000s.

    More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/paris-tri...103357857.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    Guy Elster
    BREAKING Interior ministry officials say that one protester has been killed and 47 injured as demonstrators block roads around France to protest gas price increases.
    https://apnews.com/2db8895b7c28439384befd0dabd41894


    https://twitter.com/Brevesdepresse/s...47654725902336

    ...yet the global thugs and cucks from Brussels want to bring US LNG across half the world.



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    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

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    Over 280,000 people took to the roads and streets in France this weekend to protest higher prices at the pump caused by a higher taxes on fuels that are part of Emmanuel Macron’s government’s plan to fight the effects of climate change.
    According to a Reuters report on the events, the regular French drivers don’t seem as concerned with climate change as the government: a poll conducted this weekend found that people in France preferred that the government focus on implementing policies that would help boost household income instead of fighting climate change.
    More than 400 people have been injured during the protests and one woman died in a tragic accident when a driver panicked at a road blockade and hit her. Even so, the government seems determined to stay the course.
    “The path we’ve set out on is the right one and we’re going to stick to it,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told a French TV channel as quoted by Reuters, noting that the overall tax burden on households would be lower at the end of Macron’s term, and the positive effect will begin to be felt as early as this year as housing taxes are cut.
    Still, as the protests continue, it has become clear the government and many French don’t see eye to eye on taxes. Perhaps higher oil prices contributed to the disgruntlement that led to the protests, but given that now Brent is trading substantially lower than a month ago and the protests are n full swing suggests there may be a deeper problem.

    More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-N...In-France.html
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    The lead image is from Anti-Carbon-Tax Revolt Threatens to Paralyze France
    The French government approved a measure in late 2017 increasing a direct tax on diesel as well as a tax on carbon, allegedly to fight against climate change. The so-called Contribution Climat Énergie (CCE), a French version of the carbon tax, has steadily increased fuel prices in recent years. Drivers across the country have balked at the rising price of diesel as it disproportionately affects workers who depend on their vehicles to get to and from their jobs. Two-thirds of French people expect a “social explosion” in coming months.
    The gilets jaunes are a grass-roots revolt against high fuel prices, and they threaten to paralyze France on Saturday.
    The gilets jaunes have organised at least 630 protests nationwide via the blocage17novembre.com website, designed by an 18-year-old student. Some call for go-slows on highways. Others want to block roads, which is punishable by two years in prison and a €4,500 fine. Interior minister Christophe Castaner says no “total blockage” will be tolerated.
    But several police unions have expressed sympathy, and promised not to punish petty or “middle-size” offences “out of solidarity with the citizens”.
    The rise of the gilets jaunes coincides with Macron’s record low 26 per cent approval rating. A poll published by Ifop on November 14th indicates two-thirds of French people expect a “social explosion” in coming months.
    ���� Les #GiletsJaunes se sont repliés sur le dernier point de blocage ŕ côté du Leroy Merlin. Les CRS avancent vite. pic.twitter.com/8oUD6HGsqZ
    — Baptiste Meslin ⭐⭐ (@BaptisteMeslin) November 19, 2018


    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...ons-diesel-tax
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    Water cannons deployed


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    Last edited by goldenequity; 11-24-2018 at 06:39 AM.

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    I think I might be color blind. Those vests look green to me.

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    Macron resignation?


    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1066309893504802816


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    Looks like Maidan...




    Macron was already polling lower than his predecessor..
    if this doesn't bring him down then things might go full tilt.

    Wow, they are going after Macron...:

    100 METERS
    GiletsJaunes protesters nearly reached (100m) l'Elysee Palace, Paris.


    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1066325186658672640



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    Quote Originally Posted by Schifference View Post
    I think I might be color blind. Those vests look green to me.
    It's a borderline color, I'd call it green myself but you could call it yellow.
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    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

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    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post

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    https://twitter.com/LouvetSimon/stat...19350053957633


    https://twitter.com/MatthieuBock/sta...22305897414658


    https://twitter.com/RemyBuisine/stat...21870771884032



    Looks like Maidan...




    Macron was already polling lower than his predecessor..
    if this doesn't bring him down then things might go full tilt.

    Wow, they are going after Macron...:

    100 METERS
    GiletsJaunes protesters nearly reached (100m) l'Elysee Palace, Paris.


    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1066325186658672640
    Money will start a revolution even faster than the collaboration with the invaders?

    Humans.

    Better over this than never.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  13. #11
    wow





    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1066356603346137089







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    Ali Özkök
    France: Demands that Macron resign have reached television.



    Sunday is not much calmer in France:

    Ali Özkök
    Giletsjaunes protesters have besieged a toll station in the Bretagne, France.




    Guillotine in France...











    A French police officer is calling on his colleagues to join the 'Yellow Vest Movement'


    https://twitter.com/SJallamion/statu...71460204658688
    Last edited by goldenequity; 11-25-2018 at 08:48 AM.

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    Donald Trump piled pressure on Emmanuel Macron Sunday, pushing for resolutions to disputes on trade and defense spending, as he weighed in on the mass protests against his French counterpart's government.Writing on Twitter, Trump showed he had been keeping an eye on Saturday's demonstrations across France and refrained from showing sympathy for the beleaguered Macron, whose once cozy ties with the US president have chilled.
    "The large and violent French protests don't take into account how badly the United States has been treated on Trade by the European Union or on fair and reasonable payments for our GREAT military protection," said Trump.
    "Both of these topics must be remedied soon."
    Around 130 people were arrested in France on Saturday during the nationwide protests, while 24 people were injured, five of them police officers.

    More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-ups...151319953.html
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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    French President Emmanuel Macron is to address his nation on Tuesday following persistent and sometimes violent protests over fuel taxes that are morphing into a movement against his business- and environment-friendly policies.Paris saw clashes between police and demonstrators Saturday on the Champs-Elysees where barricades were set on fire, luxury shop windows smashed, and traffic lights uprooted. Some 30 people were injured and 101 arrested, police said.
    The government blamed much of the violence on a small minority of "ultra-right" activists who shadowed the 8,000 demonstrators who were wearing the yellow, high-visibility vests that symbolise their week-long protests.
    Bruno Le Maire, the economy minister, acknowledged Sunday that "the current crisis goes far beyond just a question of fuel", adding that it was important that "work be better paid" to improve living standards.
    "It is time to listen to the French," he said on BFM television, suggesting that Macron would call for "grassroot debates" throughout the country on government policies.
    - French back protests -
    The presidential palace said Macron would make a speech on Tuesday on ecological transition and was expected to address the protests.
    Opposition leaders have been quick to note that the protests, mostly organised by grassroot protesters coordinating by way of social media rather than by traditional political parties or trade unions, have won wide popular support.
    "When a movement has the backing of three quarters of French people, you give them an answer, you don't just dismiss them as a gang of thugs," Olivier Faure, the opposition Socialist Party leader told Le Parisien newspaper.
    Guillaume Peltier, a leader of conservative The Republicans party, told the daily it was "all too easy to stigmatise the 'yellow vests' ... and equate their movement with that of a few unacceptable acts".
    Far-right leader Marine Le Pen voiced her full support for the protesters, telling the LCI channel the unrest revealed grievances held by "the immense majority of the French" who were being ignored by "a miniscule cast working only for itself".


    Macron himself had taken to Twitter on Saturday, to condemn the violence and cry "shame" on those who assaulted or intimidated policemen, journalists and other citizens.
    Several media workers based in France's southwestern city of Toulouse said Sunday they would boycott the "yellow vests" movement after five journalists were threatened or beaten by scores of demonstrators while covering protests in their region.
    Faced with the public anger, many politicians suggested Macron -- often perceived as aloof or arrogant -- might use his speech to announce measures softening the impact of rising petrol and diesel taxes and restore dialogue with trade unions.
    "When you act like Louis XIV, you can expect revolts (...) The French back the 'yellow vests' because Macron promised them a new world, and they see that his policies aren't delivering," Bruno Retailleau, who heads the Republican opposition in the Senate.
    The French "see environmental matters as an alibi for fiscal belt-tightening," he told le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

    More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/macron-ad...141444438.html
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    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

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    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  17. #15
    Diesel is in short supply in Europe. The situation is about to worsen as the biggest French refinery is shutting down.
    Bloomberg reports Europe's Diesel Woes Deepen as Strike Halts French Oil Refinery.
    Total SA, France’s biggest refiner, is in the process of shutting its largest plant in the country, the 247,000-barrel-a-day Gonfreville facility in Normandy, due to a labor dispute, a spokeswoman for the company said on Tuesday. A few hundred miles away, in the Netherlands, retail fuel stations are running out of supplies because of shipping constraints on the Rhine, according to Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
    Shell said Nov. 20 that it cut production at its Rheinland refining site, the biggest complex of its kind in Germany, due to low water levels on the Rhine. In a tweet on Tuesday, the company said that it was temporarily unable to supply some unmanned fuel stations in the Netherlands.
    Gas stations in Germany had already been running dry due to the situation on the Rhine, a major petroleum product transportation corridor that runs northwest from the Swiss Alps all the way to the Netherlands. Switzerland released emergency fuel stockpiles because of the situation on the river.
    The premium per barrel of diesel over Brent crude - another indicator of market strength - was at $15.96 on Tuesday, the highest for the time of year in six years.

    Diesel Price Poised to Soar

    This shutdown cannot possibly come at a worse time for French President Emmanuel Macron.
    Macron is already reeling over a protest of his diesel tax.
    Diesel Tax Turns Violent


    People from across France went to Paris to let the president know how they feel about the taxes in general and the tax on diesel. The [Diesel Tax Protests](Diesel Protests in France Turn Violent) then turned violent.
    Expect more reactions when the price skyrockets.
    Macron Proposes Shutting Down Nuclear Power

    In another poorly-timed announcement, France president Emmanuel Macron unveils plan to reduce reliance on nuclear energy.
    Amid daily protests about high energy prices, Mr Macron said Francewill shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035.
    France depends more on nuclear energy than any other country, getting about three-quarters of its electricity from its 19 nuclear plants.
    The French leader promised to develop renewable energy instead, saying his priority is weaning France's economy from fuel that contributes to global warming.
    Say What?

    Excuse me for pointing out that nuclear energy does not add to greenhouse gasses, not that this whole global warming scare makes much sense in the first place.
    Macron's Latest Brainchild

    Mr Macron also said the government will find a way to delay tax increases on fuel during periods when world oil prices are rising.
    Excuse me for pointing out that the diesel protest came when oil prices were falling.
    In an attempt to calm the protesters, Mr Macron proposed a three-month consultation with associations and activist groups, including the so-called "yellow jackets" who have led the recent protests, about how best to handle the rising energy costs.
    Yeah right. That's sure to work.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...deepens-crisis
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    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

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    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

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  18. #16
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Swordsmyth again.



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  20. #17
    Yes boiz and gurlz.. it's the WEEKEND!
    and U know wat that means??? that's right!
    get out the guillotines!




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    https://www.yahoo.com/news/french-po...090953539.html

    "It's difficult to reach the end of the month. People work and pay a lot of taxes and we are fed up," said Rabah Mendez, a protester who came from a southern suburb to march peacefully in Paris.

    "Our purchasing power is severely diminishing every day. And then: taxes, taxes and taxes," said Paris resident Hedwige Lebrun. "The state is asking us to tighten our belts, but they, on the contrary, live totally above all standards with our money."


    Why this comes as a surprise amazes me.

    Hedwige Lebrun should run for office in France.
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  22. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls' Revere View Post
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/french-po...090953539.html

    "It's difficult to reach the end of the month. People work and pay a lot of taxes and we are fed up," said Rabah Mendez, a protester who came from a southern suburb to march peacefully in Paris.

    "Our purchasing power is severely diminishing every day. And then: taxes, taxes and taxes," said Paris resident Hedwige Lebrun. "The state is asking us to tighten our belts, but they, on the contrary, live totally above all standards with our money."


    Why this comes as a surprise amazes me.

    Hedwige Lebrun should run for office in France.
    They need to voter harder. I can envision a lucrative consulting business for @TheTexan.
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  23. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    They need to voter harder. I can envision a lucrative consulting business for @TheTexan.
    Hehehe you are what you vote.
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  24. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    They need to voter harder. I can envision a lucrative consulting business for @TheTexan.
    I don't think I can. I've been told by my lawyers that my advanced voting techniques fall under the ITAR export restrictions.
    It's all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it's fitness or whatever. It's about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it.
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  25. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by TheTexan View Post
    I don't think I can. I've been told by my lawyers that my advanced voting techniques fall under the ITAR export restrictions.
    This must trouble you. It doesn't really have anything to do with the quote, but you probably should see this. The police were called, and they removed their helmets in solidarity.

    * Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.

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    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




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  26. #23
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    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

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    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

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  27. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    This must trouble you. It doesn't really have anything to do with the quote, but you probably should see this. The police were called, and they removed their helmets in solidarity.

    Anything the kops do is just fine with the Texican.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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  29. #25
    "We have heard the need of the French to be assisted in the (ecological) transition, which is difficult," he said.
    With the rising cost of living emerging as one of the biggest challenges of Macron's presidency, Philippe announced that 5.6 million households would receive energy subsidies, up from 3.6 million currently.
    The state will also double the scrappage bonus on polluting vehicles for France's poorest families, expand the scheme to target one million motorists in total over five years and introduce fuel tax credits for those who use their cars a lot for work.
    So that's what they are calling it..."ecological transitioning".

    Which means, of course, you'll be "transitioned" out of your car, out of your warm home, out of your cheap grid electricity, out of your cheap goods from China, out of your plastic gizmos.

    Enjoy.

    Of course, the ruling class won't have to comply.

  30. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    This must trouble you. It doesn't really have anything to do with the quote, but you probably should see this. The police were called, and they removed their helmets in solidarity.

    Reason #87753 why France will never be Great.
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  31. #27
    For months, the popularity of Macron has been in free fall: he is now the most unpopular French President in modern history at this stage of his mandate. The French population has turned away from him in droves. Unemployment in France is not only at an alarmingly high level (9.1%); it has been been alarmingly high for years. The number of people in poverty is also high (8.8 million people, 14.2% of the population). Economic growth is effectively non-existent (0.4% in the third quarter of 2018, up from 0.2% the previous three months). The median income (20,520 euros, or $23,000, a year,) is unsustainably low. It indicates that half the French live on less than 1710 euros ($1946) a month. Five million people are surviving on less than 855 euros ($ 973) a month.
    When Macron was elected in May 2017, he promised to liberate the economy; however no significant measures, were taken. In spite of some cosmetic reforms– such as limits on allowances for unfair dismissal or the slightly increased possibility that small businesses could negotiate short work contracts -- the French labor code, still one of the most rigid in the developed world, expertly blocks job creation. The tax burden (more than 45% of GDP) is the highest in the developed world. Even if some taxes were abolished since Macron became President, many new taxes were created. Public expenditure still accounts for about 57% of GDP (16% above the OECD countries average) and shows no signs of waning.
    Macron also promised, when he was elected, to restore security. Lack of security, however, has been exploding; the number of violent assaults and rapes has been steadily on the rise. No-go zones are as widespread as a year ago and fiercely out of control. The influx of unvetted illegal immigrants into the country has sadly turned entire neighborhoods into slums.
    In May, Macron warned that in many suburbs, France has "lost the fight against drug trafficking".
    When Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb resigned in on October 3, he spokeof a "very degraded situation" and added that in many areas "the law of the strongest -- drug-traffickers and radical Islamists -- has taken the place of the Republic." He was simply confirming the chilling assessments of "out of favor" commentators such as Éric Zemmour, author of Le Suicide Français, and Georges Bensoussan, author of Une France Soumise (A Submissive France).
    Riots are frequent; they indicate the growing inability of the government to maintain order. Public transport strikes, which took placeduring the entire spring of 2018, were accompanied by demonstrations and an enthusiastic looting of banks and shops. France's victory at the soccer World Cup in July was followed by jubilation, which quickly gave way to violence by groups who broke store windows and attacked the police.
    Since entering political life, Macron's remarks have not only revealed a contempt for the French population, but also have multiplied. That has not helped. As early as 2014, when Macron was Minister of the Economy, he said that the women employees of a bankrupt company were "illiterates"; in June 2017, just after becoming president, he distinguished between "those who succeed and those who are nothing". More recently, he told a young man who spoke of his distress at trying to find a job, that he only had to move and "cross the street". During a visit to Denmark, he announced that the French were "Gauls resistant to change".
    One of the few issues Macron did seem eager to work on was Islam. He stressed several times his determination to establish an "Islam of France". What he failed to take into account werethe concerns ofthe rest of the population about the rapid Islamization the country. In June 20, 2017, he said (not quite accurately, for example here, here, here, here, here and here), "No one can make believe that (Muslim) faith is not compatible with the Republic". He also seems to have failed to take into account the risks of Islamic terrorism, which he hardly ever calls by its name. He seems to prefer using the word "terrorism", without an adjective, and simply acknowledges that "there is a radical reading of Islam, whose principles do not respect religious slogans").
    The current Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, whom Macron appointed to replace Collomb, dismissed the concerns raised by his predecessor, and described Islam as "a religion of happiness and love, like the Catholic religion".
    Another area in which Macron has acted relentlessly is the "fight about climate change", in which his targeted enemy are cars. On vehicles over four years old, mandatory technical controls were made more costly and failure to comply with them more punitive, evidently in the hope that an increasing number of older cars could be eliminated. Speed ​​limits on most roads were lowered to 80 km/h (50 mph), speed control radars multipled, and tens of thousands of drivers' licenses were suspended. Gas taxes rose sharply (30 cents a gallon in one year). A gallon of unleaded gas in France now costs more than $7.
    The small minority of French people who still support Macron are not affected by these measures. Surveys show that they belong to the wealthy layers of society, that they live in affluent neighborhoods, and almost never use personal vehicles.
    The situation is painfully different for most other individuals, especially the forgotten middle class.
    A recent decision to increase gas taxes was the final straw. It sparked instant anger. A petition demanding that the government roll back the tax increase received almost a million signatures in two days. On social networks, people discussed ​​organizing demonstrations throughout the country and suggested that the demonstrators wear the yellow safety jackets that drivers are obliged to store in their cars in case of roadside breakdowns. So, on November 17, hundreds of thousands of protesters blocked large parts of the country.
    The government ignored the protesters' demands. Instead, officials repeated the many unproven imperatives of "climate change" and the need to eliminate the use of "fossil fuels" – but refused to change course.
    After that, another national protest day was selected. On November 24, the demonstrators organized a march on Paris. Many, it seems, decided, despite a government ban, to head for the Champs Elysées and continue toward the presidential Elysée Palace.
    Clashes took place, barricades were erected and vehicles were torched. The police responded harshly. They attacked non-violent protesters and used thousands of tear gas grenades and water cannons, which they had never done in the past. Although many of the protestors were holding red flags, indicating they were from the political left, the newly appointed Minister of the Interior Castaner said that the violence had come from a fractious and seditious "far right". One member of the government fueled the fire by equating the French "yellow vests" with the German "brown shirts" of the 1930s. Macron declared that those who try to "intimidate officials" should be "ashamed".
    Finally, on November 25, Macron ended up recognizing, with visible reluctance, the suffering of the "working classes". Two days later, Macron delivered a solemn speech, announcing that he would create a "high council for the climate", composed of ecologists and professional politicians, and that his aim was to savethe planet and avoid "the end of the world". He still did not utter a single word about the economic grievances that had poured forth during the previous ten days.

    The spokesman for the center-right party, The Republicans, Laurence Saillet, remarked, "The French say, 'Mr. President, we cannot make ends meet,' and the President replies, 'we shall create a High Council [for the climate]' Can you imagine the disconnect?".

    Marine Le Pen, president of the right-of-center National Rally (the former National Front party, and today the main opposition party in France), said, "There is a tiny caste that works for itself and there is the vast majority of French people who are abandoned by the government, and feel downgraded, dispossessed ".
    The "yellow jackets" now have the support of 84% of the French population. They are demanding Macron's resignation and an immediate change of government. Those who speak on radio and television say that Macron and the government are hopelessly blind and deaf.
    The revolt in the country is intensifying and shows no sign of slowing down.

    The political scientist Jean-Yves Camus said that the "yellow jackets" movement is now a revolt of millions of people who feel asphyxiated by "confiscatory" taxation and who do not want to "pay indefinitely" for a government that seems "unable to limit spending".

    He added, " Some do not measure the extent of the rejection that the demonstrators express".
    Dominique Reynié, professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, said that "Macron and the government had not expected that their tax policy would lead to this".
    European elections are to be held this May, 2019. Polls show that Le Pen's National Rally party will be in the lead, far ahead of the party created by Macron, La République En Marche! [The Republic on the Move!].
    In a little more than a year, Macron, elected in May 2017, has lost almost all credit and legitimacy. He is also one of the last European leaders in power who supportsthe European Union as it is.
    Macron, who claimed that he would defeat the "populist" wave rising throughout the continent, has also claimed that leaders who listened to people eager to defend their way of life were "leprosy" and "bad winds".
    The "populist" wave is now hitting France; it could well mean the end of Macron's term as president.


    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...acrons-disdain
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    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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    https://twitter.com/nicolasgregoire/...87329515429889



    https://twitter.com/Alexx_MJ7/status...79218913832961

    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1069542295928807424

    Armed rioter on the streets of #Aubervilliers.



    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1069540294016815104

    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1069580859941011457

    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1069591720063614976


    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1069602547948814336

    Ali Özkök
    France: The ambulance drivers have blocked the lower house of the French parliament, the Assemblee Nationale, and the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
    No movement for traffic.

    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1069619616547250177



    https://twitter.com/Ozkok_/status/1069623749572476929


    In orange: service stations in partial rupture. In red: fuel stations completely out of order.

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