Macron Backs Down on Carbon Tax, Protests Continue
It was never just about an added tax on fuel. It was about globalism eating away at the French people’s ability to make ends meet, according to many news outlets. As the 4th week of “Yellow Vest” protests continues, an estimated 31,000 people took to the streets, Macron disappeared until Monday, and over 700 hundred people were arrested. But is it all about Macron or are there other factors mixed in?
Eight thousand police descended on Paris as thousands more people took to the streets. Police fired tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to control the crowds. Over 100 people were injured as riots erupted out of the protests.
Rocks were thrown, barricades were turned over, more cars were burned, it was a chaotic scene on Saturday. During the last week, Paris has even seen ambulance drivers, some police and a few other government workers join in the protests.
According to Breitbart, police discovered incendiary devices in the possession of the protesters. Tax offices were bombed over the last week as well.
Le Préfet de Tarn-et-Garonne salue l’action de la police nationale, qui a permis de découvrir plusieurs engins incendiaires et explosifs artisanaux. pic.twitter.com/WgwmdeJEjx
— Préfet de Tarn-et-Garonne (@Prefet_82) December 7, 2018
What will it mean for the Climate Change Agenda?
Emanuel Macron was leading the charge toward the agenda for climate change. The globalist view that man should be punished for screwing up the planet by having regulation upon regulation imposed on their lives may or may not be at the heart of the “Gilets Jaunes” protests. But it does not bode well for the Paris Climate Accords since Trump pulled the United States out last year.
People seem to be more interested in finding a leader that will stand for France instead of the globalist way. Or is this being fueled by radicals?
According to the NYT, the median French income is now 1700 Euros ($1930)per month, and the unemployment rate is above 9%. Even after the fuel tax hike was rescinded, the protests have continued, signalling a wider volume of issues than just one tax.
“Living standards and wages rose in France after World War II during a 30-year growth stretch known as “Les Trente Glorieuses.” Pay gains for low- and middle-income earners continued through the early 1980s, thanks to labor union collective bargaining agreements.
But those dynamics unraveled as successive left-leaning French governments sought to improve competitiveness in part by compressing wage gains, according to the French economist Thomas Piketty. Average incomes for low- and middle-income earners stagnated, growing by around 1 percent a year or less.” NYT
“Successive left-leaning French governments.” Is there a strong message in that statement? Yes. The constant control of ordinary people by leftists always produces problems. France was actually warned that the fuel tax would spark large scale riots, but they didn’t listen.
Last week, even high school students were arrested after protesting the state’s plan to revamp national exams. The sight of the students being forced to their knees brought outrage.
French high school students today, staging a mass sit-down protest against the failed attempt of the police to bully them into silence. pic.twitter.com/XVa8eyVpOa
— Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) December 7, 2018
The nation of France is in the grip of chaos. Will Macron survive? Will they get a new nationalist leader? After all, Macron claimed that “nationalism” was treason.
I asked a senior French leftist how they thought tomorrow’s protests would go. They sent me back this pic.twitter.com/UtHhJF0aPp
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) December 7, 2018
All may not be what it seems.
Featured photo: screenshot via Twitter