Yesterday, 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.
“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…
Conservative NewsMax host, tweets about the real reason Paris is burning:
Paris is burning because people are fed up with socialism and globalism. Normal patriotic people are inherently nationalist, as they should be. Paris is evidence of a global ‘Trump effect.’ America is back after eight years of weakness.
Paris is burning because people are fed up with socialism and globalism.
Normal patriotic people are inherently nationalist, as they should be. Paris is evidence of a global 'Trump effect.' America is back after eight years of weakness.https://t.co/Mler9X1tbK
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 2, 2018
Journalist Nabila Ramadi, who has been covering the protests in France, writes:
Since the protests began earlier this month, there have been two traffic accident-related deaths linked to illegal road blockades, and more than 500 wounded. Scores of yellow vests have been charged with public order offences.
However, it would be unfair to suggest that the many thousands taking part in the demonstrations were all punchy bigots. The majority of those I spoke to were part of a forgotten France based in the suburbs of major cities or the countryside. They rely on very low incomes or benefits, and are mainly dependent on their cars to get them anywhere. Their rage is aimed at a metropolitan elite who not only have far more money and power, but who can afford to pay for the kind of green initiatives which are partly behind the fuel price rises.
Emmanuel Macron – the French head of state the yellow vests call “president of the rich” – personifies this class of out-of-touch townies. His perceived arrogance has resulted in a woeful approval rating of just 26 per cent, according to recent polls – all while close to a tenth of the fit-for-work population remains unemployed. The former merchant banker is frequently pictured on a bike at the many holiday homes available to him, and has pledged to keep increasing ecologically motivated taxes in line with the Paris climate change agreement.
Yesterday, in a tweet, Ramdani questioned how the massive amount of tear gas being used on the anti-Macron protesters helps with Paris’ clean air initiatives the president of France is so keen on?
— Nabila Ramdani (@NabilaRamdani) December 1, 2018
Both Le Pen and Mélenchon captured the imaginations of so-called “left behind” provincial communities, appealing to mindsets not unlike some of those that voted Britain out of the European Union in 2016. A desire for a Frexit – the French equivalent of Brexit – is a standard refrain among many of the yellow vests. These are the types who have largely been ignored by the notoriously corrupt, self-serving Paris establishment. With few resources or influence, they are prepared to rally behind any cause that reflects their intense anger and sense of frustration.
AP News reports – France’s most violent urban riot in more than a decade engulfed some of central Paris on Saturday as “yellow jacket” activists torched cars, smashed windows, looted stores and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with multi-colored graffiti.
Protesters angry about rising taxes and the high cost of living clashed with French riot police, who closed off some of the city’s most popular tourist areas and fired tear gas and water cannon as they tried to quell the mayhem in the streets. At least 110 people were injured.
Rioting is also occurring outside of Paris, as this stunning video shows a burning vehicle being dropped on top of petrol pumps at a gas station in Narbonne, France.
The situation is getting out of control in #France.
Have you seen burning cars flying through the air in any other political protests.
The video is from #Narbonne
— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) December 2, 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the violence from the G-20 summit in Argentina, saying those who attacked police and vandalized the Arc de Triomphe will be “held responsible for their acts.” He said he will hold an emergency government meeting Sunday on the protests.
Partisan Girl tweeted a video of snipers stationed above the rioters in Paris:
Snipers on #paris rooftops. It would take just one agent provocateur to start shooting at both sides and the #parisprotests will end up exactly in the same scenario as #Ukraine's Maidan or #Syria, without the added NATO invasion and bombing. #giletsjaunes pic.twitter.com/EhdUQjbBL9
— Partisangirl ???????? (@Partisangirl) December 2, 2018
Down below, the vehicles were being torched, and protesters were destroying the city:
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) December 2, 2018
“Partisan Girl” also called out Macron for falsely stating that the protesters were “right-wing thugs” when in fact, left-wing Antifa and right-wing Maria Le-Pen supporters have also joined the every day French citizens in the violent protests:
#Macron said the #parisprotests were "right-wing thugs", as a matter of fact, the protesters are composed of both left-wing anti-fa, right-wing la-pen supporters, as well as regular people. pic.twitter.com/JaoJq0nfvs
— Partisangirl ???????? (@Partisangirl) December 2, 2018
Antifa thugs aren’t capable of skipping a good riot…
MORE: Numerous walls in Paris have been sprayed with anarchist, anti-government and populist graffiti in the wake of the #GiletJaunes riots.
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) December 2, 2018
″(Violence) has nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger” and “no cause justifies” attacks on police or pillaging stores and burning buildings, Macron said in Buenos Aires. He refused to answer any questions from journalists about the situation in Paris.
It was the third straight weekend of clashes in Paris involving activists dressed in the fluorescent yellow vests of a new protest movement and the worst urban violence since at least 2005. The scene contrasted sharply with other protests in France, where demonstrations and road blockades elsewhere were largely peaceful Saturday.
The violence is Macron’s biggest challenge so far as president, and even colored his international image as he had to defend his plans for fuel tax rises — the initial impetus for the protest movement — to other leaders at the G-20 summit. France’s failure to quell the anger has led to copycat yellow jacket movements in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Thousands of French police were deployed to try to contain the violence, which began Saturday morning near the Arc de Triomphe and continued well after dark.
Paris police said at least 110 people, including 20 police officers, were injured in the violent protests and 224 others were arrested.
— Nabila Ramdani (@NabilaRamdani) November 24, 2018
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, speaking on French television channel TF1, said one protester was in a life-threatening condition after being part of a group pulling down a metal fence at the Tuileries gardens. A video on social media shows the heavy fence falling on some protesters.
By the afternoon, clashed continued down several streets popular with tourists. Pockets of demonstrators built makeshift barricades in the middle of Paris streets, lit fires, torched cars and trash cans, threw rocks at police and smashed and looted stores.
Some demonstrators removed the barriers protecting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I under the Arc de Triomphe monument to pose near its eternal flame and sing the national anthem. An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw other protesters and a soldier intervene to disperse the troublemakers and protect the flame. Police later fired tear gas in the area.
This disturbing video shows protesters taking a book from terrorists, as they violently destroy historical artifacts inside the
The groups also plundered the interior of the famous monument.pic.twitter.com/9WLds05Ow5
— EHA News (@eha_news) December 2, 2018
Graffiti sprayed onto the Arc de Triomphe read: “yellow jackets will triumph.”
By Saturday afternoon, a large part of central Paris was locked down by police, with all roads leading away from the Arc closed off as more police moved in. Over 20 downtown Paris metro stations were closed for security reasons and police ordered stores in nearby neighborhoods to close early Saturday evening.
Hours later, some cars still smoldered and law enforcement and protesters were still facing off elsewhere in the capital.
Russia’s propaganda network, Ruptly does a great job of capturing the violence:
Now, after another weekend of violent protests, the clean up begins:
A clean-up operation is under way in Paris after protests over fuel costs led to riots.
Cars were set alight and graffiti sprayed on famous French monuments including the Arc de Triomphe.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 2, 2018