Eventually This Had to Happen: France Investigates Russia Over Yellow Vest Riots

France is investigating Russia over the yellow vest riots. Sorry, Macron, please look in the mirror.

Please consider France to Probe Possible Russian Influence on Yellow Vest Riots.

France opened a probe into possible Russian interference behind the country’s Yellow Vest protests, after reports that social-media accounts linked to Moscow have increasingly targeted the movement.

According to the Alliance for Securing Democracy, about 600 Twitter accounts known to promote Kremlin views have begun focusing on France, boosting their use of the hashtag giletsjaunes, the French name for the Yellow Vest movement. French security services are looking at the situation, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday in a radio interview with RTL.

“An investigation is now underway,” Le Drian said. “I will not make comments before the investigation has brought conclusions.”

The Twitter accounts monitored by the alliance usually feature U.S. or British news. But the French protests “have been at or near the top” of their activity for at least a week, according to Bret Schafer, the alliance’s Washington-based social media analyst. “That’s a pretty strong indication that there is interest in amplifying the conflict” for audiences outside France.

Damn. Maybe it's me. Or ZeroHedge. Or the Washington Post. Or anyone else writing about events in France. Even Trump!

As noted yesterday, 4th Weekend of French Riots, Trump Blames Climate Change, Others Blame Facebook.

Then again, perhaps media interest is up due to four weeks of rioting in Paris. Could that possibly be it?

Nah.

It's Russia. Let's start the investigation there. If that fails, try Facebook.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Latkes
Latkes

One part of it is projection: Western countries, especially the US, but also the "mature" western-European democracies, keep creating colored revolutions and unrest all over the world, so naturally, if something like that happens to them, it must be caused by those evil Russians.

The other part is trying to demoralize the protesters. Telling them that Russia is behind the protests means that they are just tools in Putin's dirty game and if the naive protesters hadn't fallen for Russian tricks, they would have been all content with whatever the government decides.

Ted R
Ted R

Try investigating those stupid high taxes. That would make me consider rioting. My God most politicians are stupid.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

You couldn't make this up. Seriously.

Always looking outwards for the source of problems with next to zero self analysis.

Will it be used by the State to further try to clamp down on people networking in order to control social narratives? Probably, yes. Macron, the Great Liberal Leader could go down in history if he goes that route & not for good reasons.

These are weird times & the next great economic crunch hasn't even hit yet. When it does I wonder who the finger will point at. 3 guesses.

FelixMish
FelixMish

.... Looks up from his 20 year old newspaper ... Hrummph. It's video games! Video games, I tell you, are ruining our youth.

FelixMish
FelixMish

So the idea is the Russians sell petro to the French and so want that diesel tax to go away. Want subsidies, even. OK. That makes sense.