Violent Yellow Vest Protests Enter 10th Week


Yellow vest protests have simmered down a bit, but this week matched last week in the number of protesters and violence.

Reuters reports Clashes Break Out in France as 'Yellow Vests' Stage Latest Protest

Clashes broke out throughout France on Saturday, as an estimated 84,000 “yellow vests” demonstrators took to the streets in a 10th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

The fuel tax hikes were subsequently scrapped, yet the movement has morphed into a broader protest against Macron’s government and general anger over taxes and the cost of living. “How can we continue to live with so little?” said Bernard Grignan, a 65-year old retired manager who took part in the Paris demonstrations.

In Paris, some demonstrators carried mock coffins symbolizing the 10 people who have died during the protests, mainly due to accidents when demonstrators blocked roads.

December’s demonstrations saw some of the worst violence in decades in Paris, as rioters burned cars and vandalized shops. Despite a relative decline in crowd trouble in Paris, however, disturbances have flared up in other cities.

According to official figures, the biggest demonstration on Saturday occurred in the southern city of Toulouse, where around 10,000 people took part. The demonstration turned violent as evening fell, as protesters vandalized a bank and other shops. Eight people were injured and there were 23 arrests.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen - soundly beaten by Macron in the 2017 presidential election - is looking to take advantage of the “yellow vests” crisis and win ground in the May 2019 European parliament elections.

On Saturday, Le Pen reiterated her support for the protesters at a meeting near Marseille, at which she described the movement as a “legitimate” and “courageous” revolt.

Week Ten

Le Pen the Winner

Marine Le Pen is the winner in this mess. Last week she announced leaving the Euro was no longer a top priority.

That immediately makes Le Pen her more likable to disgruntled persons on the Left and Right.

I expect the her party, the National Rally (formerly National Front), to capitalize on Macron's unpopularity in the May European Parliament elections.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (2)
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I was looking forward to their planned organised bank runs. Not heard anything on that yet!

Also given the police are harmed to the teeth, one shot would do the job of making this a revolution (no one knows which will be last straw on the camel's back but then this might just be it!).

If not today, this will boil over tomorrow (provided the protests maintain the momentum) as long as the cabal of politicians, banksters and central banks plot to impoverish everyone except the 1%.

Ron Cataldi
Ron Cataldi

So now the far right in France supports increased federal services paid for by increased taxes on the wealthy? Raising minimum wages? The only way Le Pen can get in front of this parade is by not actually being right wing anymore, but rather some kind of populist hodge podge, which is what the Yellow vests are, not right wingers. It's hopeless to try to cast them as some kind of right wing movement unless you're ready to redefine what right wing means.

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