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

Comments (27)
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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.

gregggg
gregggg

It makes total sense. Merkel has been talking to Putin about running the Nord Stream pipe line into Europe. Merkel's pool boy, Macron is the secret fall boy. Anybody that shuns Trump's advancement of LNG imports to the EU is Russia's tool, no matter the economics of the situation.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

The impact of what is happening will go beyond French borders in very hard to predict ways. Macron and his team will try to make this an EU problem by making others less competitive - levelling the playing field.

Levelling taxes etc.

I know it's a strange thing to say but it's a mindset not to try to strive to rise to the most efficient but rather handicap others. Somehow I think that will be an unintended result.

Ireland - watch your tax rates. Don't grow too fast or you will be under the hammer to drive inward investment towards the more important (to the EU) French.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Wheres the Tricolo?

EU flag on the French riot vehicles used against French citizens in France. Macron, what are you doing? Where is your head?

https://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/eu armored.jpg

Sechel
Sechel

Russia may be attempting to amplify the discontent but the source is organic and not foreign

Tinfoilhat
Tinfoilhat

I have a few problems of my own I'd like to pin them on Russia as well. Lol. I actually worked with a few Russians for awhile. Learned to like vodka and playing chess in the winter months. Old Boris and Igor. Boris never understood when I asked him where Natasha was lol.

Ron Cataldi
Ron Cataldi

I think it's fair to ask Mish, what ties do you have to Russian markets, businesses, or individuals? Because you certainly seem to have an axe to grind defending Russian foul play, and it's weird.

RLJ
RLJ

Both can be true. Russia could be taking advantage and the stupidity of the tax be the impetus for the demonstration. No reason for riots except thugs taking advantage of the situation.

JL1
JL1

I am starting to think that Macron is a KGB agent, there is no other explanation since nobody could really be that tone deaf, elitist and arrogant in real life.

Maybe Russia also trained tens of thousands of other KGB agents in French and sent them to France to pose as angry farmers, cleaners, truckers, delivery men, taxi drivers, people living in the countryside with no public transportation and other poor people since everybody knows all French people are in real life chic like Macron and wear designer suits worth thousands of Euros and live in the center of Paris.

WildBull
WildBull

Everything is Putin's and Trump's fault because neither one is Fascist Globalist scum. They may be scum, but not Fascist Globalist scum. They are shoes thrown into the gears of "change."