Why the protests in France?

 
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09 December 2018 08:39
 

The closest I’ve found to actual journalism on this story is from the Guardian. It would appear that - once again - it gets back to oligarchs:

guardian: french protests

 
 
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11 December 2018 00:48
 

nah.
The French just like to Protest from time to time, and social media pushes everything to the extreme.

 
 
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11 December 2018 16:14
 
Twissel - 11 December 2018 12:48 AM

nah.
The French just like to Protest from time to time, and social media pushes everything to the extreme.

While there’s some truth to that, something sets them off, and I’m sticking with the reason being oligarchs.

 
 
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11 December 2018 16:49
 

Immediate cause was gas price hikes.

 
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11 December 2018 20:29
 
EN - 11 December 2018 04:49 PM

Immediate cause was gas price hikes.

It was a gas tax hike following a wealth tax removal. So the perception was that the average people are paying for the rich.
But the wealth tax made France unattractive for investors and the gas tax was aimed at fighting global warming.

The protests are way out of proportion.

 
 
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11 December 2018 20:45
 

As everybody knows, what set off the protest movement was yet another rise in gasoline taxes. But it was immediately clear that much more was involved. The gasoline tax was the last straw in a long series of measures favoring the rich at the expense of the majority of the population. That is why the movement achieved almost instant popularity and support.

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People pay taxes willingly when they are getting something for it. But not when the things they are used to are being taken away. The tax evaders are the super-rich and the big corporations with their batteries of lawyers and safe havens, or intruders like Amazon and Google, but ordinary French people have been relatively disciplined in paying taxes in return for excellent public services: optimum health care, first class public transport, rapid and efficient postal service, free university education. But all that is under assault from the reign of financial capital called “neo-liberalism” here. In rural areas, more and more post offices, schools and hospitals are shut down, unprofitable train service is discontinued as “free competition” is introduced following European Union directives – measures which oblige people to drive their cars more than ever. Especially when huge shopping centers drain small towns of their traditional shops.

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More and more “governance” is an exercise in social engineering by technocrats who know what is best. This particular exercise goes directly opposite to an earlier government measure of social engineering which used economic incitements to get people to buy cars running on diesel. Now the government has changed its mind. Over half of personal vehicles still run on diesel, although the percentage has been dropping. Now their owners are told to go buy an electric car instead. But people living on the edge simply can’t afford the switch.

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The Yellow Vests have made clear to the whole world that Emmanuel Macron was an artificial product sold to the electorate by an extraordinary media campaign.

Macron was the rabbit magically pulled out of a top hat, sponsored by what must be called the French oligarchy. After catching the eye of established king-maker Jacques Attali, the young Macron was given a stint at the Rothschild bank where he could quickly gain a small fortune, ensuring his class loyalty to his sponsors. Media saturation and the scare campaign against “fascist” Marine LePen (who moreover flubbed her major debate) put Macron in office. He had met his wife when she was teaching his theater class, and now he gets to play President.

Sounds like France is ripe for their own version of Donald Trump. But why the yellow vests?

Every automobile in France is supposed to be equipped with a yellow vest. This is so that in case of accident or breakdown on a highway, the driver can put it on to ensure visibility and avoid getting run over.

So the idea of wearing your yellow vest to demonstrate against unpopular government measures caught on quickly. The costume was at hand and didn’t have to be provided by Soros for some more or less manufactured “color revolution”. The symbolism was fitting: in case of socio-economic emergency, show that you don’t want to be run over.

From Consortium News: Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal ‘King’ Macron