Riot police clash with Paris fuel tax protesters

Posted: December 1, 2018 by oldbrew in Emissions, fuel poverty, government, ideology, News, Travel
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‘Yellow vest’ fuel tax protesters in France

Strong resistance to paying any more for climate-related ideology through vehicle fuel bills continues in France. As the President suggested, many people are more interested in the end of the month rather than the (alleged threat of) end of the world. Trace gases are not a big deal to much of the public, it seems. Making ends meet is the top priority.

This is the third weekend of ‘yellow vest’ protests against President Macron’s controversial fuel tax, reports BBC News.

Protesters have scaled the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris, as clashes with riot police continue during a third weekend of “yellow vest” rallies.

Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and a water cannon on the Champs-Elysées, while masked protesters hurled projectiles and set buildings on fire.

What began as protests over President Macron’s fuel tax has transformed into general anger at high living costs.

Mr Macron says his fuel policies are needed to combat global warming.

At least 80 people have been injured, including 14 members of the security forces.

The French Interior Ministry said at least 75,000 people turned out across France for the latest “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) rallies – so called because the protesters donned the yellow vest required to be carried in every vehicle by law.

Earlier this week, Mr Macron tried to strike a conciliatory tone, saying he was open to ideas about how the fuel tax could be applied.

But his speech does not appear to have gone far enough in assuaging people of the view that he is out of touch with ordinary people.

Continued here.

  1. Bill In Oz says:

    Macron is a dead man walking..He has just not worked it out yet..but he is no longer recognised by the people of France as having their support… All Greenists should watch what is happening in France and learn…

  2. oldbrew says:

    Ploughing on in the face of civil unrest…

    Latest update : 2018-12-02
    French govt considers imposing state of emergency after ‘Yellow Vest’ protest violence

    The French government will consider imposing a state of emergency to prevent a recurrence of France’s worst riots in years, but while it is open to dialogue it will not change course, its spokesman said on Sunday.
    – – –
    Climate dogma comes first :/

  3. oldbrew says:

    Date: 02/12/18 Paul Bonicelli, The Federalist

    The public reaction to French President Emmanuel Macron’s carbon tax increase that caused this weekend’s protests is making him even less popular and represents a profound challenge to Macron’s future.

  4. oldbrew says:

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