Last week, during the G-20 conference in Argentina, the unpopular “President Of The Elite,” Emmanuel Macron, implored the citizens of France to stop the violence on the streets of Paris. President Trump was the lone dissenter in a group of 20 leaders who reaffirmed their commitment to the costly Paris climate accord.
In December 2017, Forbes reported about the One Planet Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. The summit marked the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Paris climate agreement in the French capital, and it was meant to affirm the world’s commitment to the deal despite Donald Trump’s announcement in June that he will take the U.S. out of the accord.
The previous month, in Bonn, Macron said Europe should take the lead in filling the financing gap left by the U.S., which has said it will stop contributing climate finance. Europe heeded Macron’s call. Maroš Šefčovič, the EU’s energy chief, came to Paris with an “action plan for the planet” in hand, containing commitments for €9 billion in climate finance for countries outside Europe to combat and adapt to climate change.
“It is not that funding or financing is not available,” he told the summit attendees in Paris. “In Europe, we have the ambition to be the hotbed of urban innovation. This is why we support local climate action through EU funds, with at least 20% of the EU budget going into climate-related projects.”
“Forgotten France” however, doesn’t appear to agree with the plan to increase taxes on every day French residents who are struggling to get by. For three weeks now, they’ve been ramping up the violence in the streets of Paris, as they riot to protest the ecologically motivated, increasingly out of control taxes related to the Paris climate change agreement.
This image, that’s being circulated on social media perfectly represents how every day French residents feel about Macron’s oppressive tax scheme…
Now, Fox News is reporting that as France braces for another round of violent protests this weekend in Paris and the rest of the country, embattled French President Emmanuel Macron is a missing man as his government tries to curb the chaos caused in part by his unpopular plan to hike gas taxes.
Macron swept into power in 2017, having emerged out of obscurity less than a year earlier. Espousing his own brand of centrism, he has presented himself on the world stage as a spokesman for multilateralism and internationalism against a nationalist wave moving through Europe.
While he has regularly been seen on world stages, including the United Nations and the U.S. Congress, he has been conspicuous by his absence this week, choosing to keep away from the limelight as his government attempts to deal with the issues being protested by the “yellow jacket” protesters who have protested and even rioted in cities over France in recent weeks.
Macron had initially stood firm on the hikes, saying they were necessary to combat climate change and France’s reliance on oil. But on Wednesday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the government was scrapping the tax hike altogether. A government spokesman also suggested on French radio that a wealth tax that Macron ended last year could be re-introduced.
The French government has said that 89,000 additional police officers and law enforcement personnel — with 8,000 in Paris — had been mobilized ahead of Saturday to head off planned protests, which show no sign of slowing down, despite the damage control by the government.
Will Marine LePen the woman Macron defeated to become president of France, become the new voice of the people?
But as ministers scramble, Macron himself has been neither seen nor heard, leading to criticism from his political opponents. Marine Le Pen, Macron’s right-wing 2017 presidential election rival, urged Macron on Wednesday to meet with the protesters before Saturday.
“Do not hide at the Elysee, do not ask others to do what the French expect of you, listen to them, hear them before Saturday,” she told reporters.
Perhaps France’s very unpopular “Green President” has bitten off a little more than he can chew…