Yellow Vest Protests Week 11: Crowds Diminish, Issues Don't
Reuters reports French 'Yellow Vests' Defy Macron with Fresh Protests.
Thousands of “yellow vest” demonstrators marched through Paris and other cities on Saturday on the 11th weekend of action against the government, suggesting President Emmanuel Macron has yet to defuse public opposition to some of his policies.
The protests were mostly peaceful but there were sporadic clashes at the end of the Paris march at Bastille square, and incidents elsewhere around France, with a combined 22,000 people attending as of the early afternoon, the interior ministry said.
As in previous weeks, protesters carried French flags and held signs attacking “King Macron” as out of touch or calling for referendums tabled by ordinary citizens. Small groups of protesters formed makeshift barriers, lit fires and threw projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas and water canon, television footage showed.
The previous two weeks had about 60,000 protesters. The initial protests were well over 100,000. Today was 22,000 total, combined across multiple cities.
I did a weather check. Temperature at 10:00 PM on Saturday, in Paris, was 47 degrees Fahrenheit.
The video shows light rain which may have been a factor.
Some of the yellow vest movement wants to enter a dialog with President Emmanuel Macron. Others want to start a political party and enter the European Parliament elections.
The elections are Thu, May 23, 2019 – Sun, May 26, 2019, varying by country. In France, the election is May 26.
The radicals don't want dialog nor do they want to enter elections. Some of the movement is upset at the radicals.
They are all upset about something typically taxes on them. Beyond that, there is little agreement on solutions. Also, there is no clear leader that the movement can agree on.
Good luck forming a party with that, unless they stick to a single issue, say taxes.
Marine Le Pen the Winner
Even if the movement dies out, the issues have not gone away.
People are upset about many things and they blame Macron.
The clear winner was Marine Le Pen who embraced the movement without even partaking in it.
I expect Marine Le Pen's National Rally (previously National Front) party to do very well in the upcoming elections.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock