Promise Delivered: Macron Promised a Revolution, He Got One, Against Himself

Hundreds were arrested and fires burn as the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vests) protest movement against Macron escalates.

It's rare for politicians to deliver on campaign promises. But French president Emmanuel Macron did. He promised a revolution, and got one. Unfortunately for Macron, the revolt is against his own policies.

Bloomberg comments on France’s Dangerous Yellow Vest Protesters.

The “Yellow Vests” protests now challenging President Emmanuel Macron have exposed a widening hole in the center of French politics—created by Macron himself.

It was Macron whose election in May 2017 all but obliterated the two establishment parties that had run France for 30 years. His own political movement had been launched less than a year before and his closest opponent for the presidency was from the far-right. By positioning himself as a reformer, Macron, 40, had hoped to establish a centrist consensus.

“The ‘gilets jaunes’ movement will probably peter out, but not the anger, which is likely to go on and take new forms maybe more dangerous for Macron,” said Jim Shields, a professor of French politics at Warwick University in the U.K. “It’s hard to see how he can complete controversial reforms like pensions and unemployment insurance without yet more blood on the pavement.”

A protest Saturday in Paris exploded into violence that left over 100 injured and more than 400 arrested, as well as burned cars and looted stores in the heart of the capital. Named after the colored vests motorists must keep in their cars for emergencies, the campaign began as a protest against higher gasoline taxes to reduce emissions. It’s now expanded to other demands and has the support of three-quarters of the French public, polls show.

“We are talking about cost of living and Macron is talking ecology,” said Joffre Denis, a 33-year old fireman who had come 125 miles from his home in the north of France to Paris, wearing a yellow vest at Saturday’s protest. “His solution for people who can’t afford food by the end of the month is to buy solar panels and electric cars.”

Revolt Against Taxes

The Yellow Vest movement started as a protest against a new diesel tax by Macron, but has now spread to other ideas and taxes in general. This is why:

And what is France delivering for that tax rate? Obviously, not enough.

Radicalized Voters

Macron's "En Marche" (Forward, Onward, On the Move) party promised reform. Macron delivered higher taxes. At least 75% of the French voters have turned on him.

They will turn away from the center to the far right or far left.

Most Yellow Vests supporters will split their votes between Le Pen’s National Rally and Jean-Luc Melenchon’s far-left France Unbowed, Boulouque said. Together, they received 41 percent of the vote in the first round of presidential voting in 2017.

Emergency Meeting Called

While France was burning, Macron was at the useless G-20 summit. When he returned he held an Emergency Meeting with his advisers.

French President Emmanuel Macron has held an urgent security meeting following a day of riots by thousands of anti-government protesters.

Ministers said that while no options had been ruled out, imposing a state of emergency had not been discussed during the talks - despite earlier reports.

France's interior ministry says about 136,000 people took part in the protests nationwide.

The protest movement has no identifiable leadership and has gained momentum via social media, encompassing a whole range of participants from the anarchist far left to the nationalist far right, and plenty of moderates in between.

Nearly 300,000 people took part in the first country-wide demonstration, on 17 November.

France Burning

Required Clothes

The "gilets jaunes" protesters, so-called because they have taken to the streets wearing the high-visibility yellow clothing that is required to be carried in every vehicle by French law.

Requiring people to own a symbol of protests, what a hoot.

Musical Tribute

I am certain readers would like a fitting musical tribute to these events. I can oblige.



You say you want a revolution

Well, you know

We all want to change the world

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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superDuper
superDuper

The French are violently opposed to socialism if they have to pay for it.

Carl_R
Carl_R

There is only one way to decrease petroleum consumption, and that is to raise the cost of it. People wont agree to that, and so petroleum consumption will continue.

Zardoz
Zardoz

People are all fired up to make other people do something about Climate Change. Ask them to burn a little less oil and this is The the result. Ponder that next time you’re sitting at the gas station.

BDrizz
BDrizz

Think we should send over a State Dept rep & a Senator or so to hand out cookies. Maybe even arm the most violent protesters, get them to shoot protesters & police, blame it on Macron, watch him flee for his life. I don't really believe that, but not far-fetched & highlights the absurdity of recent US foreign policy.

Anda
Anda

This is OT but related in a way. In Spain socialist stronghold Andalucia has fallen to the right in today's regional election. It has been socialist for 36 yrs, since the dictatorship I think. This was an attempt to sure up support by early election that failed.

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

Editor

Tax table OECD via Bloomberg - re-loaded the image

gregggg
gregggg

This new fuel tax is due to the Paris "Agreement". I'm glad to see such a glow public support.

Jcbl
Jcbl

What is the source of the tax table?

WildBull
WildBull

Socialist leaders generally are detached from economic reality. They detach their followers with the promise of security and free stuff, while they destroy the industry the makes prosperity possible. We the excrement finally hits the oscillator the people are so indoctrinated that they can't see what went wrong, and just want their st

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Macron cannot relate to ordinary people because he has never been one. Just look at his work experience.

He hasn't held any of those positions long enough to experience a whole cycle or achieve much at all. Moving on just in time.

Too shallow & too inexperienced & doesn't even know what it is to have children and probably never will.

Next?

WildBull
WildBull

The NAZIs were bad socialists because they focused their murder on a particular ethnic group, as opposed to good socialists that, when pushed hard enough, kill indiscriminately.

WildBull
WildBull

It is finally dawning on people that they have been getting poorer for a couple of decades and the future is looking dim. This is just the beginning.

2banana
2banana

People vote for socialism and then are upset when they get socialism.

Repeated in Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, NYS, California, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Newark, Camden, Buffalo, etc., etc., etc.

I would say there are some common denominators - but then I would be called a Nazi (which is, ironically, slang for the National Socialist Workers Party).

WildBull
WildBull

We must destroy the West to save it! Tax industry until there is none. Tax fuel until no one can afford it. They are dirty things for lesser beings. We of the Elite are above such things. All the peasants believe that there is something for nothing and the government is obligated to take care of them. Boy, do we elite scum have them buffaloed.

France is less than a decade away from famine. Another worker's paradise going awry.

AWC
AWC

“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing” Thomas Jefferson

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

The French elected as their President a globalist stooge who is married to a pedophile old enough to be his mother, and they are not happy with the result. Shocking!

Latkes
Latkes

Meanwhile, thousands of morons in Brussels are protesting FOR higher taxes and for deindustrialization of Europe.