Diesel Protests in France Turn Violent

Emmanuel Macron blames Marine Le Pen for French protests that turned violent. She wasn't there.

People from across France came to Paris to let the president know how they feel about the taxes in general and the tax on diesel.

​Police Use Tear Gas as Thousands in Paris Defy Protest Ban

The WSJ reports Police Use Tear Gas as Thousands in Paris Defy Protest Ban.

Violence erupted Saturday between police and several thousand demonstrators who defied a protest ban and marched down the famous Parisian avenue Champs Elysées, as the country’s interior minister blamed the far-right for the unrest in the French capital.

On the Champs Elysées, some protesters sang the national anthem and waved French flags, while others carried signs urging the president to resign. Some threw stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas and water cannons. At least 130 people were detained across the nation on Saturday, including 42 in Paris, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

Mr. Castaner blamed Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right party National Rally, for urging protesters to head to the Champs Elysées despite an official ban on demonstrations on the avenue.

“What justifies the fact that French people can’t protest on the Champs Elysées when many other gatherings (World Cup, New Year’s Eve…) happened there?” Ms. Le Pen tweeted on Friday. Ms. Le Pen didn’t attend the protests.

Can't Afford to Eat

‘People are in the red. They can’t afford to eat’

Idir Ghanes, 42, Unemployed computer technician from Paris: We are here to protest against the government because of the rise in taxes [in general], not just petrol taxes, which is the straw that broke the camel’s back. We’ve had enough. We have low salaries and pay too much tax and the combination is creating more and more poverty.

Thousands Protest in Paris

In the Champs-Elysees area, Angry Protesters Start Fires and Roadblocks.

French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris on Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and beyond and staged road blockades to vent anger against rising fuel taxes.

Thousands of police were deployed nationwide to contain the eighth day of deadly demonstrations that started as protests against tax but morphed into a rebuke of President Emmanuel Macron and the perceived elitism of France’s ruling class. Two people have been killed since Nov. 17 in protest-related tragedies.

Police said that dozens of protesters were detained for “throwing projectiles,” among other acts. By nightfall the Champs-Elysees was smoldering and in the Place de la Madeleine, burned scooters lay on the sidewalk like blackened shells.

It’s going to trigger a civil war and me, like most other citizens, we’re all ready,” said Benjamin Vrignaud, a 21-year-old protester from Chartres.

They take everything from us. They steal everything from us,” said 21-year-old Laura Cordonnier.

What Socialists Do

Take everything for the alleged good of everyone.

Many if not most of those protesting are socialists who need to look into the mirror to see whom to blame.

Diesel Revolt Flashback

Six days ago I commented 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.

The protests have now turned violent.

Reader Comment of the Day

"Funny, the unemployed guy, who lives off other peoples taxes, is bitching about taxes."

Precisely!

  • The socialists want green energy but they don't want the taxes to pay for it.
  • They want free shelter for the homeless but they don't want to pay for it.
  • They want free food, free education, free healthcare, free this, and free that. But they don't want the taxes to pay for it.
  • They want more jobs, but they want more taxes on businesses that create the jobs.
  • They vote for socialists guaranteed to raise their taxes, then they bitch about not being able to afford anything.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (62)
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caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Tax raised to help encourage private equity out of London as taxes on them are aimed to be reduced to encourage moves. They need to make up the difference.

Macron is favouring capital over labour at just the WRONG TIME. When people understand fully its not all about climate there will be a backlash.

Even if he succeeds, at what price?

He's a banker boy, never had a proper job and out of touch. He forgets the less well off have votes too. "Let them drive Ev's."

shamrock
shamrock

Funny, the unemployed guy, who lives off other peoples taxes, is bitching about taxes.

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

Editor

Excellent comment by Shamrock. I added an addendum.

RonJ
RonJ

I think Thomas Piketty needs to do a rewrite.

Ted R
Ted R

Good for the protesters. I love a spirited protest. The hell with the socialists.