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Macron Failing. Paris "is like a War Zone"

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Night rage: Furious ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters turn Paris into ‘war zone’ (VIDEO)

The night descending on Paris has brought no ease of tensions over fuel price hikes. ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters set more barricades ablaze, turning the French capital into a kind of war zone.

The filmed scenes resembled street battles, with rioters engaging in scuffles with police, which struggled to bring the situation under control.

The video shows brazen protesters setting barricades and tents on fire, as well as riot police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds. People have been venting their anger for the past two weeks over rising fuel prices and a government-proposed fuel tax, which is due to come into force in January 2019.

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#FakeNews Media all share same photo of “women & kids gassed”.

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini just declared himself the leader of the Europe’s future. He refuses to budge one inch in negotiations with the European Union over Italy’s budget now threatening to take down the government.

And in doing this he not only speaks for Italians, he is now speaking for that growing part of the European population who sees what the EU is morphing into and recoiling in horror.

Protests in France over Emmanuel Macron’s new tax on diesel have turned violent. The British leadership has completely betrayed the people over Brexit. They may win this battle but the animosity towards the Britain’s leadership will only grow more virulent over time.

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City of Lights out: Paris hit by huge mystery power cut...

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Many Parisians were left in the dark on Monday afternoon after reports of a massive power cut that hit much of the French capital.

The power cut hit parts of the French capital at around 4.30 pm on Monday afternoon.

At last four arrondissements were plunged into darkness: the 2nd, 10th, 11th and the 19th. 

As the electricity went off in Gare du Nord and Gare de L'Est stations in the north of the city, as well as one of the capital's most famous streets Rue de Rivoli in the centre, as well as across several arrondissements, unsurprisingly it didn't take people long to react on social media.

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RIOTS ENGULF PARIS
TAX REVOLT TURNS VIOLENT

* Yellow vests converge in Paris to protest high living costs

* Militants hurl projectiles at riot police near Champs-Elysees

* Police fire tear gas, stun grenades, water cannon

* Protesters skirmish with police in other French cities

* Officials feared infiltration by far-left, far-right groups

* Macron says understands anger but sticking to reforms (Adds situation calm, prime minister trip cancelled)

By Leigh Thomas and Emmanuel Jarry

PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Rioters ran amok across central Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, looting shops, smashing windows and clashing with police in the worst unrest in more than a decade, posing a dire challenge to Emmanuel Macron's presidency.

The authorities were caught off guard by the escalation in violence after two weeks of nationwide protests against fuel taxes and living costs, known as the "yellow vest" movement after fluorescent jackets kept in all vehicles in France.

In Paris, police said they had arrested almost 300 people while 110 were injured, including 20 members of the security forces. Police fired stun grenades, tear gas and water cannon at protesters at the top of the Champs-Elysees boulevard, at the Tuilleries Garden near the Louvre museum and other sites.

In some areas there was virtually no police presence at all, as groups of masked men roamed in the shadows of the capital's fabled landmarks and through its fanciest shopping districts, smashing the windows of designer boutiques.

 

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Flashback: Emmanuel Bonaparte: Macron Declares He Will Govern Like a Roman God

French president Emmanuel Macron has declared he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods, shortly after officials told the media his thought process was “too complex” for journalists to understand.

Summoning over 900 politicians from both houses of the French parliament to a rare Congress at the palace of Louis XIV – the ‘Sun King’ – in Versailles, he threatened to overrule lawmakers with a referendum if they try to frustrate the “reforms” he wishes to impose on the legislature. Such assemblies are usually reserved for times of national crisis.

Reuters reports him as saying he desires to reign as a “Jupiterian” president – “a remote, dignified figure, like the Roman god of gods, who weighs his rare pronouncements carefully”.

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DOMINIC LAWSON: Why it's hard not to gloat at the travails of the strutting French president who called Brexiteers liars

We mustn't gloat about the public uprising in Paris. Some of it has involved setting fire to buildings. And there are some pretty unpleasant types among the demonstrators.

But when I consider how much of a blow this might be to President Macron's plans to exploit Brexit at the UK's expense, I can't help but feel a frisson of schadenfreude.

Macron, a former banker, had set out to persuade the British financial sector to move en masse from London to Paris, partly on the argument that the French capital would be a much more congenial place to live, after the City of London had been cut out of the regulatory embrace and privileges of the European single market.

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Marine Le Pen Offers Hardline Solution to France's 'Yellow Vest' Crisis

The last time France's National Assembly was dissolved was over twenty years ago, but Le Pen claims that now is the time for action as France is suffering from violence unseen in years. Emmanuel Macron decision to increase fuel taxes stirred tensions in the country; the president stood by it, angering protesters and provoking clashes with police.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's right-wing National Rally party, proposed to dissolve the lower chamber of the French Parliament and hold new parliamentary elections amid the ongoing massive protests against rising fuel prices.

"It is necessary to implement proportional representation and dissolve the National Assembly in order to hold new proportional elections," she said in an interview with TV channel France 3 which aired on Sunday, adding that the authorities have no choice in the current situation.

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French people chant "WE WANT TRUMP"

Someone pointed out:

That's Trafalgar Square... not France.

REMEMBER THIS?

"DEPLORABLES UNITE" - (Do you hear the people sing)

Trump Anthem - REUPLOADED FROM 1 MILLION VIEWS

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Out-of-Touch : Virtue-signaling is not the same as Leading

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Farage: Macron ‘Virtue Signals’ to World, ‘Disconnected’ from French…

Brexit architect Nigel Farage has condemned France’s President Emmanuel Macron for spending more time “virtue signalling” to the world than connecting with his own people, which he said has resulted in the escalation of violence at Yellow Vest protests.

The Member of European Parliament and former UKIP leader told Trish Regan on Fox News Business Monday that while the Yellow Vest protests began with the issue of ‘green’ taxes, in its third week it has evolved to express dissatisfaction with the global ruling elite, specifically 40-year-old President Macron.

“What we saw in the last couple of days was the third week, now, of these protests and a level of violence not seen in France since the student uprising in 1968,” Mr Farage said, “so it would appear that these protests are gaining momentum.”

“It’s now more about an elite out of touch,” he explained, adding, “Macron, the great globalist, the former investment banker who rarely seems to leave Paris, virtue signalling to the world whether it’s about global warming, or about the free movement of people.

. . . Calling democracy a “safety valve” that stops the populous from resorting to violence on the streets, the UKIP MEP said these Yellow Vest protests, and by extension, the other solidarity movements across France and Europe,”is all about democracy.”

The first protest on November 17th saw Yellow Vests complain that the fuel tax hikes — petrol (gas) increasing by 14 per cent and diesel by 23 per cent in 12 months — were hurting the working classes and those outside of the metropolitan areas the most.

“Macron is the president of the rich and not the poor. He needs to think about the poor as well,” one protester said.

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On 12/4/2018 at 7:18 AM, drbubb said:

Flashback: Emmanuel Bonaparte: Macron Declares He Will Govern Like a Roman God

French president Emmanuel Macron has declared he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods, shortly after officials told the media his thought process was “too complex” for journalists to understand.

'He thinks he's God': Macron's style fuels French protesters' ire...

The French have gone sour on their 40-year-old President Emmanuel Macron, who has been heckled and booed in recent days as he grapples with a tax revolt. Why does he inspire such hatred among the "yellow vest" protesters?

At a blockade outside a fuel depot in the city of Le Mans -- famous for its 24-hour motor race -- around 50 protesters were fortifying their barricades on Tuesday in preparation in for a long winter of discontent.

While all expressed bitterness with the political class as a whole, seen as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary voters, Macron was the main target of their ire.

The former investment banker swept to power at the head of a new grassroots political movement in May last year but once in office adopted a top-down approach.

Tax hikes on fuel and pensions, seen by the protesters as fleecing the working and middle classes to fund tax breaks for the rich, coupled with a series of remarks seen as scornful of the poor, have hardened feelings towards him.

In September Macron told a 25-year-old man looking for a job in Paris that "if I crossed the street I'd find you one."

On Sunday he was booed while surveying the damage caused by rioters in Paris,.

Two days later Macron received a similar reception as he was heckled during a visit to local government offices in the central town of Puy-en-Velay, which were torched during a protest last weekend.

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"Emmanuel Macron is a little boy who has always been told he's the best, he’s always been idolised. He's never been told 'you shouldn't do that'. The guy thinks he's God!" said Claudio, a 47-year-old mason and father of four, standing next to a stack of burning pallets outside the depot in Le Mans.

Like many of the demonstrators, Claudio -- he refused to give his full name because he did not want to be accused by the "yellow vests" of speaking out of turn -- likened the explosion of anger to the 1789 French Revolution.

"He deserves to have his head chopped off, symbolically," he said of Macron, who has been accused of draping himself in the symbols of the pre-revolutionary Ancien Regime.

"He's the king. It's as if we're in the Middle Ages!" fumed Philippe, the 74-year-old leader of a group of "yellow vests" that has been periodically holding up traffic in the central Sarthe region.

- 'Napoleonic method' -

Macron's refusal to acknowledge any of the protesters' demands before rioters ran amok in Paris last weekend have sealed the image of a president short on empathy.

"The Napoleonic method which worked at first for launching his reforms is no longer working," Philippe Moreau-Chevrolet, a specialist in political communication, told AFP.

His government has this week offered a series of concessions aimed at boosting the purchasing power of low-income families -- but for many "yellow vests", they're insufficient.

The wider public appear to feel the same: an Elabe poll published Wednesday found 78 percent did not think the measures met the protesters' demands.

- 'Cardinal sin' -

Adding fuel to the fire is the perceived extravagance of Macron and his wife Brigitte, with many protesters citing a set of porcelain tableware he ordered -- reportedly worth half a million euros -- days after complaining about the "crazy amounts of dough" spent on social security.

Analysts say that by sidelining trade unions and centralising power in the presidential palace, Macron has left himself singularly exposed to voters' anger.

Similar criticisms were levelled against right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy during his time in office from 2007-12.

"Sarko" left office as France's most unpopular leader ever, only for his successor Francois Hollande to do even worse, famously falling to four percent in one opinion poll.

An Ifop poll Tuesday showed Macron's approval rating sinking to a new low of 23 percent.

Macron Hits a New Low, December Approval Figures Worst of Presidency

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ANTI-LIBERAL, ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT: A Hodge-podge of Angry ideas are driving protests in France

Who will rise in the post-liberal world order?

The target of this ire is "the establishment" — and the establishment is, broadly speaking, liberal. It favors the free movement of money and people, and believes these policies will generate economic growth sufficient both to give people hope for the future and to pay for social services generous enough to help those struggling to keep up. That was the deal: Elect liberals of the center-left or center-right, and they will manage the economy and the welfare state, technocratically tweaking it a little this way and that, raising or cutting taxes a little here and a little there, while for the most part getting out of the way so that the market can perform its magic, enriching us all over time.

It didn't work. In country after country, the policies embraced by the liberal establishment produced aggregate growth but benefits that were enjoyed only by some — namely, by the relatively well-educated residents of major cities and their surrounding suburbs

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This nascent movement is marked by a rejection of the individualism — or in American terms, the libertarianism — that characterizes so much of neoliberal thought. Like American conservatives, it valorizes traditional family structures, gender roles, and religion as a source of social cohesion and psychological meaning, while expressing hostility to multiculturalism and open immigration. But it combines these positions with skepticism of free markets and a genuine and deeply felt environmental ethic rooted in the conviction that the flourishing of human beings and the planet depends on reining in the dynamism of technological modernity and imposing a sense of limits.

There's little sign that the protesters wreaking havoc on the streets of French cities are motivated by social conservative convictions. Yet it's also true that their anger at the prospect of new gas taxes is accompanied by demands for a higher minimum wage, higher income taxes on the wealthy, a lower retirement age, a ban on outsourcing, and a maximum wage. Those could be planks in the platform of the party Marion Maréchal is working to build — or key elements in the next presidential campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left provocateur who did surprisingly well in the first round of the 2017 presidential election, especially among young voters.

One thing is clear: None of it can be described as especially liberal. It makes sense for that to be an occasion for caution and concern. But it need not be a cause for panic and alarm.

> https://theweek.com/articles/810564/who-rise-postliberal-world-order?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_3560786

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The Financial SQUEEZE in France Explained

So little left for ordinary people as resources are shifted to the Wealthy & Immigrants

MP3 : http://media.blubrry.com/rbn/s/content.blubrry.com/rbn/Friday_13.mp3

National Bugle Radio with Patrick Slattery 12.7.18

Patrick Slattery and Nick LaTour discuss the implications of the Yellow Vest protests in France

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Total Media Blackout! Paris Is Far Worse Than They Will Tell You!

In this video, Luke takes to the streets of Paris France where there is a feeling in the air something BIG is about to happen. In fact, there seems to be a total media blackout, and the truth is that Paris is far worse than they will tell you!
 

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"something big"?

Like what?  Storming the Bastille once again?

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MORE RIOTS ROCK PARIS...

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Tear gas, fury on Champs-Elysees...
Macron addresses France; Too late?
Alarm in Europe...

French President Emmanuel Macron is at last preparing to speak to the nation Monday, after increasingly violent and radicalized protests against his leadership and a long silence that aggravated the anger. Many protesters only want one thing: for him to declare “I quit.”

That’s an unlikely prospect. Instead Macron is expected to announce a series of measures to reduce taxes and boost purchasing power for the masses who feel his presidency has favored the rich. He’s being forced to act after four weeks of “yellow vest” protests that started in struggling provinces and spread to rioting in the capital that has scared tourists and foreign investors and shaken France to the core.


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The Elites / Establishment is scared Sh*t they'll lose control/power - they'll declare martial law before backing down

 

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First reactions to Macron speech

Maybe it's the language translation, or my lack of expertise on French politics

but this #Macron speech came across as weak:

a lot of apologies, throwing around government money, some solutions perhaps unrealistic. Sacre blah!

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Burn, Baby, Burn !

France: Burn Till You Learn!

 

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