Anti-Carbon Revolt: Massive Road Blocks Against Macron's Diesel Tax

In stunning irony, the French protest against Macron's diesel tax, while Macron insists the UK abide by climate accord.

Please consider France’s Climate Change Commitments Trigger Rising Diesel Prices and Street Protests.

> On Saturday, more than 282,700 people, many clad in yellow vests, took to — and, in many places, also literally took — the streets, according to the French Interior Ministry. The ministry said a network of drivers blocked roads at some 2,000 locations across the country, generating backups for miles and causing one death.

> The protesters’ chief complaint: the rising cost of diesel fuel. The recent price hike is a direct result of President Emmanuel Macron’s commitment to curbing climate change, which included higher carbon taxes for 2018, the first full year of his term. But beyond the diesel issue, many turned out Saturday to voice any number of other frustrations with the “president for the rich,” who is seen as increasingly removed from ordinary people’s concerns.

> The stirrings of the “yellow vest” campaign behind Saturday’s protests began this summer, with online petitions urging Macron to reconsider. But the loudest voice was that of Jacline Mouraud, a white-haired hypnotist and grandmother of three from Brittany who has become the star of the movement.

> On Saturday, Mouraud was asked to explain the death of the protester. “I deplore the death of this woman,” she said, speaking to Europe 1 radio. “But who is responsible for this situation? The French government is responsible for the death of this woman.”

> According to a poll published Friday by the Odoxa agency for France’s Le Figaro newspaper — albeit with only 1,000 respondents — as many as 3 in 4 French people agree.

Location of Roadblocks

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.

Make France Great Again

Those Tweets from Trump came in the midst of his visit to France last week.

Trump clashed with French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrived in Paris for a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.

Macron Insists UK Abide by Climate Change Accord

Meanwhile, please note that Macron has placed a new demand on the UK in Brexit:

Macron Wants Climate Change to be Part of "Final" Brexit Deal.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (26)
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2banana
2banana

Seems like the common folk of the entire western world are sick of globalism, destruction of their culture/way of life and paying for insane big government schemes.

The national press of these places all seem to act the same way by calling them Nazis.

Something has got to give.

JL1
JL1

Macron got too much too young and he really believes that he is the globalist hero who will save the liberal globalist elite clique running the establishment in most western EU countries.

Macron should concentrate on deporting all criminal immigrants and stopping family based re-unification straight to welfare that is done by many 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants that bring wives and husbands from the original home country to live in France and make many babies on welfare.

Macron is right to continue the Hollande started policy of stopping migrants on the Italy border and throwing them back to Italy if they sneak to France but otherwise he is very clueless and full of himself and his great theories.

The Climate Change promises EU has made and that Macron and Merkel cheered are completely insane and unachievable without destroying EU economies.

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

Globalism is driven largely by global corporations and their bought off political lackeys.

Sechel
Sechel

this is an education issue. people don't feel the cost of polluting with their diesel cars. the link between their habits, pollution health risks and changing the climate is not felt directly enough.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

The bigger 2nd level picture. Tax diesel to use the revenue for tax breaks to encourage Private Equity groups out of London.

Others items, it could encourage EV adoption.

What he may not have realised is that encouraging more blatant capitalists to Paris can highlight social gaps in wealth. It can encourage more employment etc but will it do so quick enough for there not to be a backlash?

Macron is a form of populist nationalist with a bent to favour Capital over Labour. It can be a dangerous tightrope when the plebs wake up.

Yes, before anyone argues, he is Nationalistic & Populist if you talk to certain circles. Yes, he is also favouring Capital over Labour.

He has never laboured a day in his life but boy has he scurried around in the corridors of capital.

Carl_R
Carl_R

While a tax on carbon is an effective way to reduce carbon emissions, it will never be popular, nor accepted.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

There's a hell of a lot of crony capitalism in France going back a very long way. That's one reason they like the EU. Regulatory capture, crony capitalism etc to the detriment of open competition and ultimately the consumer.

Interesting news out of Renault today - possible arrests. Good to see. So we've had VW etc fiddling on emission tests, now possible Renault arrests for income matters etc. Banks next perhaps.

Question - what would be the consequence of a DB collapse in the EU and globally and what could cause it?

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

They need some inflation in France too. Fuel is always a good way to stoke general market prices, shame for the plebs though.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Being careful with energy usage is sensible but how often are these regulations used as non-tariff barriers? OFTEN.

Already talk of penalizing US for non-compliance to the Paris Accord.

RonJ
RonJ

I guess the French are not into curbing climate change where the rubber meets the road.

WildBull
WildBull

People are finally getting fed up with their Socialist masters making them, little by little, properly poor.

shamrock
shamrock

The tax should be refundable. It would still encourage people to use less carbon but if you only use the average then your overall costs don't go up.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“But who is responsible for this situation? The French government is responsible for the death of this woman.”

You see? It’s not the fault of the EU. Nobody is pissed off at Brussels. No, sirree, they have it in for the government of France!

I knew I smelled trouble when they decided to call it the “Paris Accord”.

Webej
Webej

Imagine how much "Russian interference" would be splashed across the pages of American journalism if Putin had said the same things about France as Trump has!!