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Dec 21 09:22

WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING IN FRANCE

Violence in Paris, right?

That’s what the useless news media would like you to believe.

The real action is in the countryside – and it’s been peaceful and devastatingly effective.

The government was brought to its knees in just one week.

Dec 20 10:18

Berlin Slams Withdrawal of US Troops From Syria, Paris Stays to Fight Daesh

US President Donald Trump recently announced in a Twitter statement that the Daesh* terrorist group has been defeated in Syria, adding that this was the only reason for the United States to be in the Middle Eastern country during his presidency.

"Daesh is weaker than ever. Daesh has gone into hiding and insurgency in its manner of fighting. Daesh has lost more than 90% of its territory. Daesh has no more logistics as it could have had. But Daesh is not removed from the map, nor its roots, it is necessary to definitively defeat militarily the last pockets of this terrorist organization", French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly said on Twitter.

Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria could hurt fight against the Daesh terror group in the country, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated.

Dec 20 09:49

'Blue Vests' looming? French govt promises bonus for police but unions ready for action

Police unions in France say they have struck a wage deal

Dec 20 09:39

France’s Macron Turns to Sarkozy For Aid Amid ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests - Report

It looks like the liberal President Macron has turned to his right-wing predecessor for help with the protests raging across France.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is widely considered to be a left-wing liberal, seems to have turned to his right-wing predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy — who led France from 2007 to 2012 — for assistance, as the so-called "Yellow Vests" protests ravage the country.

On December 7, the current and the former presidents met at the Elysee Palace for a lunch. According to Le Figaro, the two politicians discussed public order as well as Macron's recently announced tax exemption for overtime work.

Dec 20 09:36

#ICYMI: May & Macron. Crisis at Christmas!

Dec 20 09:26

France’s govt bows to police demands for pay boost

The French government bowed to police demands for a salary boost and decades of unpaid overtime, according to a statement issued early Thursday by the Interior Ministry. It said that two days of meetings with three leading police unions produced an agreement to boost pay. The deal comes after police officers – stretched by containing violent ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrators and guarding against extremist attacks – staged their own protests, including at the main Paris airport.

Dec 19 11:35

"Yellow Vests" & The Downward Mobility Of The Middle Class

Capital garners the gains, and labor's share continues eroding. That's the story of the 21st century.

The middle class, virtually by definition, is not prepared for downward mobility. A systemic, semi-permanent decline in the standard of living isn't part of the implicit social contract that's been internalized by the middle class virtually everywhere:living standards are only supposed to rise. Any decline is temporary.

Downward mobility is the key context in the gilets jaunes "yellow vest" movement in France. Taxes and prices rise inexorably while wages/pensions stagnate. The only possible outcome of this structural asymmetry is a decline in the standard of living.

Dec 19 09:28

FREXIT! Eurosceptic joy as Macron considers law change -France braces for BLACK WEDNESDAY

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron gave way to eurosceptic activists pushing for a ‘Frexit’ from the European Union (EU) on the eve of a mass police revolt, following five weeks of violent protests from the Yellow Vest movement.

Activists who are pushing for France to leave the EU won their first victory on Tuesday – and a step closer to the country voting on ‘Frexit’. The news comes as the country prepares for Black Wednesday and further riots in the nation. The beleaguered French President told ministers that he would consider changing the law to allow what he called “citizens’ initiative referendums”, following calls from Yellow Vest activists who have been putting the idea forward as part of their revolt against Mr Macron’s government.

Dec 19 09:05

French POLICE threaten to protest against Macron's government as Yellow Vest demonstrators are joined by the 'blue vests'

The French government has sought to soothe police forces demanding improved working conditions by proposing a 300-euro (£270) bonus to officers deployed to the violent protests that started last month.

President Emmanuel Macron committed to the idea of protest duty pay earlier this month. The government's offer came a day after two police unions announced work slowdowns to protest staffing and other budget issues.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner is meeting police union representatives later. It is not clear if the proposed premiums would calm the growing anger in police ranks.

Dec 19 08:33

‘Yellow Vests’ Occupy French Highways, Torch Toll Booths

The damages have cost the road operator tens of millions of euros already.

French protesters, commonly referred to as "yellow vests," have occupied highways in France and set fire to toll booths, sparking chaos in the country's transport system just days before the Christmas holidays, according to a report by Reuters.

Vinci Autoroutes, France's largest toll road operator, has reported protesters occupying some 40 sites across its network and damaging some intersections. In particular, damaged intersections were reported in Avignon, Orange, Perpignan and Adage.

Dec 19 08:29

French interior minister to meet police unions over ‘strained resources’ after protests

France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner is to meet with representatives of police unions on Tuesday evening, following complaints about strained resources in the wake of five straight weekends of violent protests. Two police unions complained Monday about working conditions and strained resources in light of the past few weeks of protests, which have seen officers sent in to clear road blockades and control demonstrations. The Alliance union has urged the government to invest in law enforcement while calling for a work slowdown on Wednesday to protest planned cuts in the national police budget.

Dec 18 13:42

What Happens If the French Yellow Vests Win?

What if protesters in Paris win, and the French government gives in to all their demands?

What if taxes are reduced, wages increased, President Macron steps down?

I am not talking only about the fuel tax; attempts to impose it have been already abandoned. I am not talking about increase of the minimum wage – the government already agreed to rise it by 100 euro per month.

What I am talking about are real, fundamental changes which many protesters seem to be desiring: substantial tax reduction for the majority of French citizens, generous increase in wages and enhancement of social benefits for all.

So, if the Yellow Vests manage to win all this, then what will happen? Who would benefit? But also, who would lose?

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One of my readers recently wrote to me that France should reduce its military budget and from those billions of euro saved, could easily finance demands of the protesters.

Dec 18 13:13

Gilets Jaunes: The End of Dystopia

The French are the best. The men don’t get fat. The women don’t sleep alone. The kids are well-behaved. They have the best architecture, the best way of living, best bread, best wine, best olive oil, best cooking, some of the best writing, films, painting, poetry, perfume – and women. They also excel in revolutions. Each revolution of theirs is a peach, perfect, round and juicy. They open a new epoch for mankind.

Just thinking of a French revolution makes me feel young, for I remember the previous one, in May 1968, and it was a beauty, the revolution of Forbidden to Forbid. It ushered us into the short-living paradise of permissible. Believe it or not, we could freely flirt with the opposite sex, we could smoke in the pubs and cafés, we could have a drink and drive. We could rent a room for small price, and roam Europe for $5 a day. Workers weren’t fired, jobs were aplenty, there were no one-year contracts, parking was free and gasoline cheap. Oh yes, and the cotton was high.

Dec 18 10:55

Lawyers in France Rouen throw their law books on the floor .corrupt EU system anymore

Dec 17 12:19

Israel Offers to Take 200,000 French Jews Who Are Afraid Rioters May Be Coming for Them

In the wake of the on-going street violence in France, Israeli PM Netanyahu has called for a new program to be put in place that will offer Jews living in France help in moving to Israel:

The Israeli government discussed Sunday its readiness to accept a new wave of immigrants amid an increase of antisemitism in France, Ynet reported.

Following the outcome of a government meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the creation of a national program to encourage the repatriation to Israel of Jewish refugees from France. According to local media, this blueprint program will also be introduced to an inter-governmental commission on integration.

Dec 17 09:37

‘Macron… WHAT?’ French TV channel ‘censors’ photo of Yellow Vest protester’s placard (PHOTOS)

TV channel France3 has “fixed” a placard held by a Yellow Vest protester, which urged President Emmanuel Macron to resign. The broadcaster explained that the sign was broadcast reading just Macron, due to a “human error.”
The unfortunate blunder occurred on Saturday during an evening news program that was covering the ongoing Yellow Vest protests.

Among videos and images of the protests, France3 featured a photo supplied by Agence France Presse (AFP). It shows a couple of mounted police officers watching the crowds outside the Opera building in Paris on Saturday. One of the Yellow Vests holds high a placard, reading “Macron out.”

Dec 17 09:16

Macron Breaks: Concessions to Yellow Vests Will Be Rushed Through Parliament

The French government is set to rush tax cuts and a rise in the minimum wage through parliament in a bid to end the “yellow vest” protests which appear to be waning after a month of disruption.

The measures announced a week ago by President Emmanuel Macron will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and put to the National Assembly and the Senate for votes before Christmas, officials said.

But in the meantime, the protesters must dismantle their road blocks, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Monday, warning that “we can’t continue to paralyse the French economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The media has been claiming the yellow vest protests are "in decline" or "waning" since the day they started.

Dec 17 09:14

‘WE DIDN’T LISTEN TO PEOPLE’: FRENCH PM ADMITS MISTAKES IN DEALING WITH YELLOW VEST RALLIES

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has acknowledged that the government made mistakes while handing the massive Yellow Vest protests that have gripped the country for the past five weeks.
“We made mistakes. We did not listen enough to the French people. I remain convinced that they want this country to be transformed,” he told Les Echoes newspaper on Sunday.

Violence at the demonstrations has been hitting record levels with hundreds of protesters injured since November 17. At least seven people died during the protests. Police officers have also suffered injuries.

French cities descended into chaos, with protesters smashing store windows, looting, overturning cars, and burning barricades. City centers were shrouded in fog from tear gas, smoke grenades and firecrackers. Earlier in December, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire admitted that the protests were a “catastrophe” for the country's economy and businesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The French seem to remember their Revolution, and in a positive light, a lot more clearly than most Americans want to.

Dec 17 09:13

BBC Looks For Russian Interference In French Protests! Zakharova Hits Back With OSCE Suit

The correspondence of the journalist of the BBC Russian Service, Olga Ivshina, in which she asked to find any evidence of “Moscow’s interference” in the mass protests of the yellow vests in France, is an example of propaganda in which the Western media are “most closely” involved. This was announced by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on Sunday, December 16.

Dec 17 09:00

France Found No Signs of Russia's Alleged Involvement in Protests - Media

French intelligence services have not found any signs of Russia's alleged involvement in the dissemination of false information related to the protests that are currently taking place in the country, local media reported on Sunday, citing an intelligence source.

According to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, as of the end of this week, neither the French Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) nor the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) managed to establish any facts proving Russia's direct involvement in the spread of fake news or conspiracy rumours within the framework of the "yellow vest" movement.

Dec 16 09:59

BBC Stringer Admits Channel Craving Any Proof of Russian "Role" in Paris Rallies

A BBC stringer has admitted that the broadcaster is in the search of any proof of Russia’s alleged role in the "Yellow Vests" protests in Paris, demanding that its journalists seek any leads that would point to Moscow, a correspondence obtained by Sputnik showed.

Sputnik has obtained the correspondence of the BBC journalist, who wrote a message to one of the stringers covering Yellow Vest demonstrations in Paris, trying to find out whether Russia had something to do with the protests in the French capital. The stringer, in turn, explained that she had not seen any Russians at the protests.

Dec 16 09:54

French riots? Here's the reality MSM will not show you... and there's good reason.

Dec 16 09:53

Paris fuel tax riots cast “darkness” on Poland Climate Change event | Sheila Gunn Reid

Dec 16 09:53

Globalist carbon tax plan backfires on Macron

Dec 16 09:50

REVEALED: Why Macron is scared of THIS Brexit clause – 'France’s WORST NIGHTMARE'

France has “fought for 40 years” against Britain striking a deal that would hand them frictionless trade with the EU without the laws. According to Tory MP Neil O’Brien, who voted Leave in the referendum, the contentious backstop agreement is Emmanuel Macron’s “worst nightmare”. Despite what hardline Brexiteers claim, Mr O’Brien claims that the backstop could actually hand Britain a huge economic boost while tearing at the fabric of the EU.

Speaking on BBC’s Week In Westminister, Mr O’Brien said he would have taken this deal if the EU offered Britain this before the referendum.

He explained: “The backstop is France’s worst nightmare.

“If we ended up in it, which I don’t think we will, we would have complete tariff-free access to the EU but not have to obey any new laws.

“That is what the French has been working for 40 years to try and avoid.”

Dec 16 09:44

Gilets jaunes 15 décembre 2018 Saint-Brieuc / Langueux

Dec 16 05:35

France's National Rally links to violent far-right group revealed

Undercover investigation exposes close ties between high-ranking National Rally figures and anti-Muslim far-right group.

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit has exposed close links between high ranking figures in Marine Le Pen's National Rally and a violent French far-right movement that advocates for the expulsion of Muslims from Europe.

A new documentary, broadcast on Sunday, shows senior National Rally politicians mingling with Generation Identity (GI) activists at private bar that functions as the group's headquarters in the city of Lille, and expressing support for GI policies, including "remigration" - a programme to send non-European families to their ancestral homelands.

In a secretly filmed conversation in March, Nicolas Crochet, Le Pen's former accountant and key ally, told our undercover reporter that the National Rally, formerly known as the National Front, would introduce "remigration" if it came to power.

"Yes it will happen. If we win, it will happen," he said.

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Dec 15 13:40

The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement are Growing into Real Systemic Change

Long story short; French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French people.

Dec 15 12:28

Still Waiting in Vain for Victoria Nuland to Join French Protests With Cookies

Unlike the 2014 Ukraine uprising, which witnessed invasive meddling on the part of US politicians and diplomats, Western support for the French Yellow Vest protests has been conspicuously missing in action.

The streets of Paris are ablaze for a fourth weekend in a row, as a swarm of Yellow Vests assert themselves against a French government which, they argue, has become increasingly detached from the cares of ordinary citizens. Yet support among Western capitals for the protesters is nowhere to be found.

Dec 15 12:05

Exclusive Footage! Winter is Coming… for the EU Elite; Frenchmen Take to the Streets!

Dec 15 12:01

Macron accused of treason by French generals for signing UN Migration Pact

General Antoine Martinez has written the letter signed by ten other generals, an admiral and colonel, and also includes former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon.

They’ve given strong warning that Macron’s signing the U.N. Global Migration Pact strips France of even more sovereignty providing an additional reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt”.

The highly decorated military co-signees assert that the beleaguered Macron is “guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation” for signing the migration pact without putting it to the people.

“The French state is late in coming to realize the impossibility of integrating too many people, in addition to totally different cultures, who have regrouped in the last forty years in areas that no longer submit to the laws of the Republic,” the letter advises, also saying that mass immigration is erasing France’s “civilizational landmarks”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is France headed for a military coup?

Dec 15 11:49

Macron to Yellow Vests Protesters Ahead of Expected Rally: 'Calm Down'

French President Emmanuel Macron has held a press conference on the second day of the European Council's summit in Brussels.

Macron's address comes as the protests organised by the Yellow Vests movement in France are poised to enter their fifth week on Saturday despite the fact that the government had agreed to cancel the fuel tax hike and raise the minimum wage in line with the demonstrators' demands.

"The country needs calm, it needs order, it needs to find a normal functioning", Emmanuel Macron stated at the press conference in Brussels when asked whether he planned to call on the protest movement's participants to avoid taking part in Saturday's rally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes; that ought to stop the protests!

Dec 15 11:46

French Police Use Tear Gas on 5th Week of Yellow Vests' Protests

France has already seen four weekends of unrest after thousands took to the streets in Paris to protest high fuel prices. As demonstrations turned violent, the protestors smashed store windows and set cars on fire, prompting police to use tear gas and water cannons.

France is bracing for unrest as the Yellow Vests have been holding a rally— called Acte 5: Macron Démission (Act 5: Macron's Resignation) — for the fifth weekend, with 70,000 police officers being mobilised ahead of the demonstrations.

According to the organisers of the protests, this weekend the Yellow Vests are rallying "for social justice and tax, for a real democracy, for equal rights, for a true ecological transition."

Dec 15 11:09

Israel enraged by French human rights prize

France has honored Al-Haq and B’Tselem with the prestigious Human Rights Prize of the French Republic.

This came despite heavy pressure from Israel on the French government to pull the award from the two groups which document Israeli war crimes and abuses against Palestinians.

French justice minister Nicole Belloubet did however give in to the pressure and refused to attend the award ceremony in Paris last Monday.

Dec 15 10:52

Acte 5 : les Gilets jaunes se mobilisent à Paris

Dec 14 16:35

Round five: Yellow Vests prepare for massive ‘Macron resign’ protest on Saturday

Paris is bracing for yet another round of Yellow Vest protests, with demonstrators planning to take to the streets on Saturday. More than 10,000 people have already RSVP'd on Facebook to the ‘Acte 5: Macron Démission’ march.

The demonstration is scheduled to take place in the French capital on the Champs-Élysées.

The organizers, consisting of some 15 groups, have outlined their list of demands on Facebook, saying they will continue their action against Macron until all their demands are met.

Dec 14 12:58

HAVE FRENCH POLICE MERGED WITH YELLOW JACKETS

Dec 14 12:29

Paris Riots – Ayn Rand’s Prophecy Coming True

The Paris riots are and were as predictable as sex producing babies and Paris today is only a precursor to what can happen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Seattle tomorrow if we allow Zealots and Lunatics to run America into the ground for political agendas that fly in the face of individual freedom and liberty. Trillions for climate change is one of those lunatic fringe agendas that has nothing to do with climate and everything to do with the elite’s control of the world’s masses and wealth redistribution from developed countries to un-developed countries where the world’s elite controls the flow of the money.

Somehow we avoid the “truth” that if you squeeze a tomato hard enough, eventually it will ooze out between your fingers. Paris is oozing right now because of the strangling power of the moneylenders and the zealots and lunatics in government and radical fringe organizations! And let’s not forget that Parisians don’t have the right to bear arms. Americans do!

Dec 14 12:26

'Yellow Vests' are Outcome of EU's Decade-Long Austerity Measures – Activist

The European Commission's decade-long tough austerity measures coupled with excessive taxation have resulted in the "yellow vests" movement, Andy Vermaut, a Belgian human rights activist, told Sputnik.

"In reality, the struggle of the Gilet Jaunes [Yellow Vests] is a cry for help from people who struggle every month for existence", said Andy Vermaut, a Belgian human rights activist, emphasising that "working is no longer a guarantee for being able to exist properly" in Europe.

The "yellow vest" protests have engulfed France since November 17 with around 136,000 people having participated in the protests nationwide on December 8, according to France 24 television broadcaster. Meanwhile, the number of those arrested have mounted to over 1,700.

Dec 14 12:19

Great Exclusive Footage - Yellow Vests Gassed by Police on Champs Elysee (Russian TV News)

This really gives you a sense of what the French protesters are experiencing. This clip follows a slow retreat from the French police as the heavily dressed journalist in full gas mask attire jolts and jumps from nearby exploding gas grenades. In striking contrast to the journalist, there is no discernable fear visible on the Yellow Vest Frenchman who volunteers for an interview. He gives an interview without any protective headgear as he speaks without any panic, calmly answering questions and completely un-phased by the chaos and explosions around him. These protestors are hardcore...

Dec 14 12:08

Who does Emmanuel Macron owe?

President Macron is often presented as a Rothschild Boy. This is true, but secondary. Thierry Meyssan demonstrates that he owes his electoral campaign mostly to Henry Kravis, the boss of one of the world’s largest financial companies, and to NATO – a considerable debt which weighs heavily today on the solution to the Yellow Vests crisis.

Dec 14 12:01

The Yellow Jackets Versus the European Empire

Today, the search is on for a larger explanation of the mayhem. Needless to say, some are blaming Putin. Yet until such time as Russian agent provocateurs are found in the streets of Paris, it’s hard to conclude that Muscovite incitement is anything more than schadenfreude via the Internet.

Speaking of the Internet, on December 6, Buzzfeed argued, “The yellow jackets are a beast born almost entirely from Facebook.” That is, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is the problem. As the article asserts, “The yellow jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook pages.”

This description of the yellow jackets’ preferred medium might well be accurate, but it’s also true that activists, even revolutionaries, found ways of communicating before electricity, to say nothing of social media.

Dec 14 10:40

‘Minimum wage is nuts if you work 70 hours a week’: French farmers’ union blasts Macron’s promises

The French President tried to quell Yellow Vest protests by vowing to increase the minimum wage and cut some taxes, but it means nothing to farmers working long hours and living on slim budgets, their union head told RT France.
President Emmanuel Macron sought to appease Yellow Vest demonstrators, offering them concessions after weeks of massive protests. A monthly minimum wage hike by €100 ($113) and tax decreases for the poor among them.

But Veronique le Floch, Secretary General of ‘Coordination rurale’ (Rural Coordination), a labor union of French farmers, told RT France Macron had only embraced wage earners but failed to deliver a similar promise to those employed in agriculture.

Dec 14 10:26

French Unions Take to Streets Calling for 'Day of Action' in Paris

French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on 3 December spoke in favour of raising wages, accelerating cuts in public spending, and taxes in France in the wake of violent "yellow vests" protests.

French unions are marching demanding an increase in wages, pensions, and against cuts to social protection in Paris. The rally kicked off at about 1 p.m. local time on Friday (12:00 GMT) at the Place de la Republique and, people are moving toward the Place de la Nation. A group of students is chanting slogans against the policy of French President Emmanuel Macron.

The rally is taking place amid violent protests by the "yellow vests", which have been raging for weeks. The demonstrations have been marked by violent clashes with police officers, who have used tear gas and rubber bullets against the protesters.

Dec 13 12:32

‘Police shot at us deliberately': Friend of French woman who lost eye in Yellow Vest clashes to RT

A 20-year-old student, identified as Fiorina, came to Paris for a “Yellow Vest” rally last weekend, Maxime Jacob, the woman’s friend, told RT France. “I was around when we were at Champs Elysees. At around 12am we asked gendarmes to let us leave the place but they were ordered not to allow anyone out.”

At some point, violent rioters attacked a store nearby, setting protective shutters on fire. Suddenly, riot police began dispersing the crowd so that fire brigades could make it to the site. “We were on the left, very far away [from there],” Jacob explained, saying he and Fiorina were pushed back to a police barricade.

But, he claims, police fired shots on both sides regardless of where the arsonists were. “And then, during another attack, an anti-riot grenade exploded several meters away from me,” he recalled. “Seconds later, Fiorina was hit and she fell to the ground.”

Jacob believes his friend wasn’t hit accidentally.

Dec 13 12:10

Offical Charter - 25 Demands of Yellow Vest Movement (English)

Dec 13 09:15

French Government Faces No Confidence Vote Amid Yellow Vest Protests

Several French lawmakers tabled a motion of no confidence, with a vote to be held on Thursday in the wake of President Emmanuel Macron's handling of the "gilets jaunes" ("yellow vests") crisis.

André Chassaigne, of the French Communist Party; Olivier Faure, from the Socialist Party; and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, founder of France Unbowed (La France Insoumise) movement, along with 59 members of the National Assembly — the French parliamentary body — put out a joint statement while filing a motion of no confidence against Macron's government, the AFP reported.

Dec 12 15:51

Why Are the 'Yellow Vests' Protesting

Dec 12 13:25

Inevitable threat? Strasbourg gunman was on terror watch list, had grenades at home

The gunman who shot multiple victims in Strasbourg had previously been convicted and was known to French intelligence as a possible ‘security risk,’ yet managed to slip through the cracks despite tightened security across France.

“The author of these acts, listed as a security threat, had been sought by police,” the regional prefecture confirmed. Yet he has managed to escape arrest earlier in the day, before carrying out the attack near the Christmas market at around 8pm on Tuesday evening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Yellow Vests are right. The French government used this guy to manufacture a "terror" attack so that Macron could demand an end to the protests.

Dec 12 13:09

Uprising in France – The Anatomy of Populism and Challenging the Matrix

The protests in France, symbolized by yellow vests, cover an increasingly large part of society. Political experts have already called this movement a “new revolution”. The scale of the “yellow vest” movement is already so serious that it is absolutely necessary to analyze this phenomenon in a detailed way.

We are dealing with a vivid manifestation of modern European populism. The meaning of populism as a phenomenon rising from the political structure in the societies formed in the wake of the Great French Revolution, and based on the confrontation between right and left, are changing radically.

Dec 12 13:09

Macron's credibility shattered as France joins Italy in budget disgrace

Emmanuel Macron’s bid to buy off France’s “gilets jaunes” protesters with instant budget handouts threatens to blast through eurozone’s fiscal limits, fatally damaging his credibility as the champion of the European project and the guardian of French public accounts.

The package of short-term measures announced in a theatrical mea culpa on Monday night leaves President Macron’s putative “grand bargain” with Germany in tatters.Emmanuel Macron’s bid to buy off France’s “gilets jaunes” protesters with instant budget handouts threatens to blast through eurozone’s fiscal limits, fatally damaging his credibility as the champion of the European project and the guardian of French public accounts.

The package of short-term measures announced in a theatrical mea culpa on Monday night leaves President Macron’s putative “grand bargain” with Germany in tatters.

Dec 12 12:56

'Well played, Macron': Conspiracy theorists make incredible accusation that French government orchestrated Strasbourg shooting to distract from Yellow Vest protests

Conspiracy theorists have made the incredible accusation that the French state orchestrated last night's terror attack - to divert attention from the Yellow Vest protests.

A 29-year-old gunman shot dead at least two people and injured 13 others at a Christmas market before escaping in a hijacked taxi in Strasbourg.

Protesters today made the extraordinary claim on social media that President Emmanuel Macron had set up the attack for an 'excuse' to ask protesters to call off a demonstration planned for Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nothing incredible about it at all.

Dec 12 12:49

Today the #French #resistance of #GiletsJaunes farmers in #France

Here's a footage of #farmers slinging horse poo at the cops

Dec 12 10:42

Sometimes, Rioting Is All That's Left

Dec 12 10:20

Macron slapped with no confidence vote in France as Europe is ripped apart by political crisis that could topple two world leaders in two days

EMBATTLED Emmanuel Macron is to be slapped with a no confidence vote as Europe is ripped apart by political crises that could topple two world leaders in two days.

The motion has been filed by left-wing groups, in the wake of the yellow vest riots rocking France, says a report.

Dec 12 09:51

‘Total mobilization’: Strasbourg bans public demos amid massive manhunt for Christmas market gunman

“The security forces have to be right 100 percent of the time and, remember, in France at the moment they are distracted with the Yellow Vest protests that are going on,” Philip Ingram, a former senior UK military intelligence officer, told RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is the link. This shooting was done to try to mitigate the yellow vest protests.

Dec 12 09:45

Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal ‘King’ Macron

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.

Dec 12 09:42

France: Along Comes A Suspiciously, Conveniently Timed Christmas "Terror" Shooting...

The timing of this incident is so favourable to the Macron government. It's just a fact can't be missed or brushed away:

Takes the focus of attention away from the grievances of the people (Yellow Vests)

Takes the focus of attention away from the arrogant King Jupiter Macron

Makes public gatherings restricted in that part of France.

Play’s the identity politics card which benefits the rulers.

Who benefits from this shooting?

Dec 11 13:25

Eventually This Had To Happen: France Investigates Russia Over 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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The French people LOVE Macron. This just HAS to be Putin's fault!!!!!!"

Dec 11 12:57

Europe holds its breath as Macron scrambles to quell protests

Not just France but Europe should hope the tax concessions and minimum wage rise Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday will prove sufficient to quell more than a month of violent and destabilising anti-government protests.

With more than 1,250 people arrested, 400 injured and an economic cost running into billions, the gilets jaunes revolt represents a formidable challenge to the authority of the centrist president, widely seen by his critics as arrogant and out of touch. If he flunks the test, he will not be alone in paying a price.

Dec 11 12:56

French opposition rejects Macron’s concessions to Yellow Vests, some demand ‘citizen revolution’

Macron’s concessions to the Yellow Vests has failed to appease protesters and opposition politicians, such as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who called for “citizen’s revolution” to continue until a fair distribution of wealth is achieved.
Immediately after French President Macron declared a “social and economic state of emergency” in response to large-scale protests by members of the Yellow Vest movement, promising a range of concessions to address their grievances, left-wing opposition politician Mélenchon called on the grassroots campaign to continue their revolution next Saturday.

Dec 11 12:52

Macron surrenders to Yellow Vests: French President hikes minimum wage, axes overtime tax and slashes pension contributions as he declares state of emergency after weeks of riots

French president Emmanuel Macron tonight announced a range of dramatic Socialist-style financial concessions to struggling workers so as to end an 'economic and social state of emergency'.

In a TV address lasting 12 minutes, he said a month of rioting and blockades justified a €100 (£90) per month increase in the minimum wage, taking it to €1498 (£1360).

This will not 'cost anything to the employer', said Mr Macron, and will be accompanied by all taxes and other charges on overtimes being scrapped.

There were also be an end-of-year bonus that employers can pay without being charged by the government, while taxes on those earning less than €2000 (£1800) will also end on January 1.

Mr Macron also ruled out any return of the Solidarity Wealth Tax, saying that he wanted to stop rich entrepreneurs 'moving abroad', so preventing 'job creation'.

Dec 11 12:45

German workers express solidarity with “yellow vest” protests in France

German workers have expressed sympathy with the mass protests of the “yellow vests” in France. Many workers in Germany share the same grievances and recognise they also confront policies that favour the rich.

These views were revealed when candidates of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP) interviewed workers in several locations on Friday.

In western Frankfurt at the Industriepark Höchst, some 90 companies employ more than 20,000 workers. Here, many workers are following the events in France with considerable attention.

Dec 11 12:42

'Yellow Vests' are Outcome of EU's Decade-Long Austerity Measures – Activist

The European Commission's decade-long tough austerity measures coupled with excessive taxation have resulted in the "yellow vests" movement, Andy Vermaut, a Belgian human rights activist, told Sputnik.

"In reality, the struggle of the Gilet Jaunes [Yellow Vests] is a cry for help from people who struggle every month for existence", said Andy Vermaut, a Belgian human rights activist, emphasising that "working is no longer a guarantee for being able to exist properly" in Europe.

The "yellow vest" protests have engulfed France since November 17 with around 136,000 people having participated in the protests nationwide on December 8, according to France 24 television broadcaster. Meanwhile, the number of those arrested have mounted to over 1,700.

Dec 11 12:27

Reporters: What do France's 'Yellow Vest' protesters want?

Dec 11 12:08

'LIQUID WEAPON' French riot police ‘develop secret liquid weapon capable of neutralising protesters even if they are wearing masks’ ready for ‘Day of Rage 2’

FRENCH cops have reportedly developed a secret liquid "stun" gun capable of taking out hardcore rioters - ahead of any more violent protests.

It's been claimed if sprayed at mobs of Yellow Vest protesters the disabling weapon would "stop them clean, putting people down, even with masks."

Dec 11 11:36

Yellow Vest protesters demand MORE from Macron - even after President caved in with £9billion of tax cuts which have sparked EU warning France now faces a HUGE deficit

Yellow Vest protesters demanded even more concessions from Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday even after he caved in to their demands for more pay and lower taxes with a £9billion spending splurge on Monday night.

Thomas Miralles, a Yellow Vest spokesman in the southern Pyrenees-Orientales department, said Macron had failed to listen to protesters and vowed to come to Paris this Saturday for his first demonstration in the capital.

Meanwhile thousands of students angered by Macron's education reforms joined the Yellow Vests on the streets for a 'black Tuesday' of unrest, further complicating matters for the French President.

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Dec 10 16:11

French Speed Camera Revolt Intensifies

Dec 10 15:20

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.

Dec 10 13:17

First reactions to Macron speech

Maybe it's the language translation, or my lack of expertise on French politics, but this #Macron speech came across as weak: a lot of apologies, throwing around government money, some solutions perhaps unrealistic. Sacre blah!

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That is how it came across to me.

Dec 10 12:23

France Beats its Citizens Bloody for the Crime of Protesting the Globalists (VIDEO)

The French police are taking a very heavy-handed approach to dealing with protesters as this disturbing video shows bloodied and beaten citizens being beaten and dragged by heavily armed police.

Dec 10 11:42

Russian media covered the Yellow Vest protests; now France is investigating Russian ‘interference’

France has opened a probe into Russian “interference” in the anti-government Yellow Vest protests, with Russian media and “Russia-linked” social media accounts targeted for the grave crime of actually reporting on the crisis.

Hundreds of social media accounts supposedly linked to Russia have “sought to amplify” the still-raging French street protests, according to an “analysis” seen by the Times of London.

The source? Ryan Fox, a former NSA employee and the co-owner of an American cyber-security firm which “monitors disinformation” online and has a history of dubiously promoting nefarious Russian ‘meddling’ as a panacea for all Western ills.

Dec 10 11:39

EU Army Deployed To Paris To Crush French Revolution

The EU army has been deployed to the streets of Paris in an attempt to crush the historic French revolution currently sweeping across France.

Armoured European Union military vehicles were filmed storming Paris on Saturday, as hundreds of thousands of protestors continue to protest globalism.

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The EU army may have been sent in over concerns that the French military might not want to oppose the protests.

Dec 10 11:20

'At the end I ask myself why I work just to survive' man who had 'yellow vest' idea tells Euronews17

Amidst another weekend of violent unrest in cities across France, Euronews interviewed Ghislain Coutard — the man behind the yellow vest idea.

A month before the first roadblocks, Coutard responded to a call to action on Facebook by posting his own video, which would quickly go viral. In it, Coutard suggests people place a yellow safety vest on their car’s dashboard as a symbol of solidarity, earning the movement its worldwide famous name.

Coutard — who did not go to Paris this weekend — spoke to Euronews about why he put up the video, why he joined the movement, and what it would take for the protests to stop.

Dec 10 11:05

Macron to address French nation as students blockade dozens of schools

— On Monday morning there were disruptions in up to 120 schools across the country, including 40 schools completely blockaded by students.

Dec 10 10:44

French Lessons

French people are standing up for their rights and speaking out for many others around the world who are sick at the injustice of capitalism. None more so than people of Western states who have had to endure decades of economic austerity while a tiny elite become ever more obscenely wealthy.

In addition to the irrational malign distribution of wealth that capitalism bestows, Western states — that is, the oligarch-serving politicians — spend and waste inordinate financial resources on militarism and waging criminal wars.

For the fourth weekend in a row, the French public have taken to the streets of Paris and other major cities to demand economic justice.
They also want President Emmanuel Macron to resign. Macron has so far kept his usual aloof silence on the protests, leaving it up to his prime minister Edouard Philippe to placate the angry nation.

Dec 10 10:26

BEX ALERT - UKRAINE’S SBU, BRITISH MEDIA, US THINK TANK: RUSSIA IS BEHIND “YELLOW VEST” PROTESTS IN FRANCE

The French Secretariat-General for National Defense and Security (SGDSN) is investigating rumors on Russia’s alleged meddling in the “Yellow Vest” movement, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview with RTL.

Sputnik reported that the minister’s statement followed a Times newspaper report, citing citing an analysis carried out by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company, that hundreds of allegedly Russia-linked Twitter accounts were presumably fueling the yellow vest rallies by posting pictures of injured protesters and retweeting posts connected to the unrest.

In addition, according to the Alliance for Securing Democracy, about 600 Twitter accounts allegedly linked to the Kremlin have begun focusing on France, boosting their use of the hashtag #giletsjaunes.

Dec 10 10:24

France: Almost 1,000 arrests as 'Yellow Vests' protests continue

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