Macron's 'Hard Ball Play' Failed, Provoked Backlash From Protesters - Scholar | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Macron's 'Hard Ball Play' Failed, Provoked Backlash From Protesters - Scholar

8000 extra police are to be deployed to the streets of Paris this weekend, as part of 89,000 gendarmes deployed nationwide in anticipation of further protests by the Yellow Vests movement. This is despite a government U-turn on its plans to scrap a proposed rise in fuel tax along with a gas price hike.

The Yellow Vests movement now goes beyond protesting the fuel tax rise and is uniting people from all walks of life against the President Emmanuel Macron, who they consider to be out of touch with the average French worker. His package of reforms which he has pushed through the Senate since he came to power have hit the vulnerable in French society the most, and as he sought to boost businesses and the economy.

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According to a poll for French broadcaster RFL, 72 percent of people support the Yellow Vests, even after the recent widespread violence. Sputnik spoke to Dr Paul Smith from the University of Nottingham to get his take on the events.

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