WASHINGTON: Seeing the writing on the proverbial wall, resident of France are standing up against “Let them eat cake” President Macron. Protestors are blaming Macron for increasing financial burdens from Federal officials. The latest gas taxes are to pay for environmental policies. However, they will take gas prices out of reach of most people is protesting. Protestors are being called “yellow vests, ” or”gilets jaunes”, for the high-visibility safety vests that motorists are required to carry in case they have roadside breakdowns.
And they are calling for a leader like Donald J. Trump. A leader of France that will put France first.
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The Yellow Jacket Revolt
The “Yellow Jacket” revolt erupted on Nov. 17. The protests are a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron whose economic reforms the average worked sees as favoring the wealthy.
France is roiling after years of a far left leaning rule. Macron was supposed to be young, strong, a do-er for France, he is instead France’s Barack Obama.
Instead of making France great again, Emmanuel Macron has effectively ruined the country with open border immigration and over $8 trillion in worthless dollars they pumped into an anemic economy. Like Americans were told Obama was a superhero, the same is said of Macron. And both failed because neither of the young politicians wears a suite of invincibility under their designer duds.
Rising Fuel Prices in France
France’s rising fuel prices are due, in part, to rising wholesale price of oil. Brent crude oil increased by more than 20% in the first half of 2018, from around $60 a barrel to $86.07 in early October. This equates to about a 10% increase. The cost of a gallon of gas in France is about $7.00 per gallon. Macron’s newest tax increases are to increase the cost of diesel (usually about 15% less than gas) fuel in favor of cleaner electric cars. However, the average worker, like in the U.S., are hard pressed to afford a new car, much less the more expensive electric versions.
Following the G20 summit in Argentina, President Emmanuel Macron returned to France where he was greeted with the aftermath of a day of violent protests. After surveying the destruction in Paris, Macron ordered Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to meet with representatives of the protest movement.
This protest may be difficult to quell as the grassroots movement against elitism and business interests is gaining in popularity. However, the protests seem to be void of any leaders or structure.
Taxes on Fuel Prices the latest Social Policy harming France
Anger over the predicament France is in with unfettered refugee immigration has been growing. However, it is the rising prices of gasoline that is fueling the protests. In addition to rising barrel prices, gas taxes are being levied on the people in support of President Macron’s ongoing support of environmental policies and war against global warming.
So France’s middle class is angry. And it is an anger bringing some 300,000 protesters from across France to participate in approximately 2,000 protests. An anger among the working class as inflation is making their purchasing power socialistic in nature.
Protesters angry over gas taxes and the high cost of living have been blocking roads across France, impeding access to fuel depots, shopping malls, and some airports. The very same places and services that are out of reach for the average working person in France.
Vandals joining the protestors
Broken glass and empty tear gas canisters fired by the police now litter the city.
While protestors have been non-violent, vandals are joining the ranks of the protesters. Vandals have broken windows, burned cars and built barricades. Reports are that the protesters’ anger was visible in the many streets that fan out from the Arc de Triomphe, which dominates one end of the Champs-Élysées.
Returning from the summit Macron went to the Avenue Kléber. About a third of the stores and ATMS have been vandalized. The President also visited the damage to the Arc de Triumph, where supporters of the Yellow Vests had scrawled messages. Macron climbed to the top of the monument, now ringed with hundreds of police officers and special riot squads, as some of the protestors had done.
The graffiti on the monument targets Mr. Macron, who has been described as the “president of the rich.” The Arch de Triumph is now sporting messages like “The Yellow Vests Will Triumph” and “Macron Quit,”
Vandals, not protestors, did target the wealthy area around the Church of Saint-Augustin, just off Avenue Haussmann, a major shopping street with famous department stores like Au Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.