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    Parisian protesters chanting, "We want Trump! We want Trump!"

    Little vid on top here:


    FROZEN Fran🎄🏡🌲 @FrozenF712

    Ugh EUROPE jyst starting..
    WE WANT TRUMP


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    Really getting serious...........




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    4 people have died in the riots in France. How many more deaths will it take for all sides to cool off and try and resolve the crisis? Or may be I am very English and cannot understand the psyche of a protest movement in France. #Brexit #PeoplesVote #FBPE #BREAKING
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    Apparently the tweet above is incorrect. I hate when people do that. Well, at least the Brits like us.




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    There's a video of Londoner's chanting "We want Trump" (in English, obviously) during the summer and dumb-ass Yanks think it's French protestors during the weekend's #ParisRiots.
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    Yellow Vest rallies target govt, not gas prices – French analyst to RT

    The fiery Yellow Vest protests that rage on across France have more to do with the “incompetent,” EU-dependent government policy than the rising gas prices, a French political commentator told RT.

    While many protesters vent their anger at President Emmanuel Macron, who took an unpopular decision to raise taxes and increase prices on fuel and other commodities, “they don’t realize the problem is much deeper and has to do with the general policy of the European Union.”

    “The revolt is not just about the gas prices, it’s a general revolt against the policy of the government,” Jean Bricmont, a French writer and political commentator, told RT. There’s not much that French authorities could do to relieve people’s worries and defuse tensions, he said, as Paris “has to obey the orders from the European Commission.”

    On the back of violent rallies, President Emmanuel Macron said he will not back down on his controversial economic policy. “We won't change course. We are certain of that,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux has said, hinting that Paris was considering a state of emergency over the protests.

    “I think [Macron] doesn’t realize the depth of the crisis … there’s not much he can do about it,” Bricmont speculated. “He’s not a statesman, he’s a banker, he’s been put in that position and thinks that he has solution to everything in his head. I think he’s extremely arrogant, extremely self-centered, extremely detached from reality.”

    In the meantime, officials around Macron are “incompetent,” Bricmont added, “I’m really scared for France.”

    Dubbed the Yellow Vest movement, the protests have been taking place every week since November 17. The rallies steadily snowballed into major clashes between police and protesters, with the violence reaching levels unseen in France in decades.

    On November 24, the Yellow Vest rallies in Paris quickly descended into chaos turning city streets into a ‘warzone’. Numerous cars and trash bins were torched, and windows were smashed.

    Police have made hundreds of arrests. More than 130 people were injured, including 23 police officers.

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    Today Rush pointed out that these are middle class Frenchmen. Car owners over there are required to have this 'yellow vest' in their cars for personal safety should they experience a break down while driving.

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    Delingpole: President Macron Is Heading for His Green Waterloo


    As the Gilets Jaunes protests in France catch fire, French President Emmanuel Macron is heading for his green Waterloo. And really, humiliation, defeat and — with luck — exile somewhere really remote just couldn’t happen to a more deserving candidate.

    One reason this dime store Napoleon has it coming is outlined in a characteristically incisive piece by Dominic Lawson in the Mail. It’s headlined: “Why It’s Hard Not to Gloat at the Travails of the Strutting French President Who Called Brexiteers Liars.”

    Lawson points out that of all the European leaders, no one has gone further out of his way to try to shaft Britain’s Brexit prospects than the pint-sized Mummy’s Boy Macron.

    He has, more than any other European leader, expressed his own political vision as a direct rebuke to the idea of national self-assertion (making him a hero to British anti Brexit campaigners).

    At the Salzburg EU summit in September, Macron denounced the British politicians behind Brexit as ‘liars’ — a most unusual intervention in a gathering where leaders are not meant to take sides in the debates of neighbouring countries.

    But the main reason he deserves to lose this one — and lose horribly — is that the protests in France are an entirely self-inflicted disaster, the product of Macron’s suicidal decision to embrace the globalist cause of green lunacy just as it has begun to fall out of fashion.

    The Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protests are a perfect example of how the tide of public opinion is turning on green policy.

    Yes, there are other reasons too: resentment at the tax cuts Macron has offered the super-rich in order to lure them to France; the fact that permanent revolt is the natural state for all Frenchmen…

    But the main one is the 23 per cent hike in the price of diesel which Macron has inflicted on motorists. And to which he has then added insult to injury by telling them in a classic “Let them eat cake” moment, that it’s all OK — they can just use public transport instead.

    Yeah, that’s just the way to appease all those drivers in rural France — where anti-Macron, anti-EU, anti-green sentiment is strongest: tell them that, for the good of the environment, they should accept not being able to use their own cars and vans and lorries.

    And guess where all the money raised by these taxes is going…

    Rupert Darwall has the dirt:

    But when it comes to the higher fuel taxes that sparked the gilets jaunes protests, all the proceeds – €5bn this year, €7-8bn next – are being used to subsidise wind and solar energy, which in turn means higher energy prices. Higher taxes, higher electricity costs, worsened business competitiveness is Macron’s triple whammy for nil social benefit.

    This was an entirely unforced error on Macron’s part. Of all the countries in Europe, France can lay claim to the title of the “greenest” or most “global-warming-friendly” because of the happy historical accident that it has so much nuclear power. Though greens generally hate nuclear power it is by far the most carbon-neutral. France has lots of it because of a policy introduced in the Georges Pompidou era and embraced by Valery Giscard d’Estaing whereby France would demonstrate its technological prowess while simultaneously freeing itself from vulnerability to OPEC-induced oil shocks.

    And now, in order to kowtow to the kind of rabid green ideologues who’d probably hate him anyway regardless of what he does, Macron has chosen to indulge the eco-loons’ anti-growth, junk-science-fuelled renewable energy nonsense at the expense both of his economy and of popular support from the electorate.

    Under Macron, France now looks in serious danger of squandering all its energy advantages in order to imitate the kind of renewable energy policies which have proved such a disaster in Germany.

    Darwall again:

    At present, France is the efficient part of the European electricity market and Germany the inefficient part. At a cost of hundreds of billions of euros, Germany’s Energiewende has seen Germany turn into Europe’s largest energy exporter, dumping its low grade, surplus electricity on its neighbours, sometimes even paying them to take it when too much wind and sun turn wholesale prices negative. In ten years, German electricity exports more than doubled from 20 Terrawatt hours in 2006 to over 50 TWh in 2016 compared to some 37TWh of French electricity exports.

    A study by two green think tanks in Germany and France argued that France can’t accommodate the growth of wind and solar unless it shrunk its nuclear fleet, a vivid demonstration of the Pretzel Effect. Macron alluded to this in his speech. In talking of developing interconnections so that France and its neighbours can benefit from the lowest cost electricity, Macron committed the fundamental economic fallacy of confusing cost and value. The value of electricity depends on when it’s demanded. If lots of electricity is produced when it’s not wanted, its value plunges along with the price it fetches.

    Tuesday’s speech sounds the death knell of France’s nuclear programme. Macron’s announced the closure of 14 nuclear reactors between now and 2035. New nuclear power stations after the troubled Flamanville project would have to be price competitive. The problem, as shown by the premature closure of nuclear plants in the US, is having large amounts wind and solar destroy the economics of nuclear – transferring the inefficiency of wind and solar makes nuclear less efficient, raising the price at which it can break even. Nuclear doesn’t make for a good pretzel.

    Macron is a very, very silly boy. He will pay a terrible price for his foolishness.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/201...-his-downfall/
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    For links see article source.....
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    World News December 3, 2018 / 2:03 AM / Updated an hour ago

    France's Macron hunts for way out of 'yellow vest' crisis

    Richard Lough, Simon Carraud
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    PARIS (Reuters) - France’s prime minister met with opposition leaders on Monday as President Emmanuel Macron sought a way to defuse nationwide protests over high living costs that led to widespread rioting in Paris at the weekend and are hurting the economy.

    The “yellow vest” revolt caught Macron unawares when it erupted on Nov. 17 and poses a formidable challenge to the 40-year-old as he tries to counter a plunge in popularity over his economic reforms, which are seen as favoring the wealthy.

    Riot police were overrun on Saturday as protesters wrought havoc in Paris’s fanciest neighborhoods, torching dozens of cars, looting boutiques and smashing up luxury private homes and cafes in the worst disturbances the capital has seen since 1968.

    The unrest is hitting the economy: hotel reservations are down, retailers are suffering, unsettling investors, and Total (TOTF.PA) said some of its filling stations were running dry.

    Tourism and transport stocks fell in an otherwise buoyant market.

    Emerging from Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s office, opposition leader Laurent Wauquiez of the centre-right Les Republicains said the government failed to understand the depth of public anger.

    “The only outcome from this meeting was word of a debate in parliament,” Wauquiez told reporters. “What we need are gestures that appease, and these must be born out of the one decision every Frenchman is waiting for: scrapping (fuel) tax hikes.”

    SQUEEZE ON LIVING COSTS
    The “yellow vest” movement, whose supporters cut across age, job profile and geographical region, began online as an impromptu rebellion against higher fuel prices but has morphed into a broader outpouring of anger over the squeeze that living costs are putting on middle-class household budgets.

    The movement’s members come principally from the hard-pressed middle class and blue-collar workers living outside the big cities, but it also has more radical fringe elements. It has no clear leadership, making talks all the more complicated for the government.

    Their core demand is a freeze on further planned fuel tax increases — the next is due in January — and measures to bolster spending power. But they have also called for Macron to go, and many talk up the idea of revolution.

    The government is struggling for a way to engage.

    “Making a small gesture and then sweeping the problem under the carpet, just as has always been done for the last 30 years, does nothing to solve the deeper, structural problems,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told France Inter radio.

    Public support for the “yellow vests” remains high, with seven in 10 people backing their protest, a Harris Interactive opinion poll conducted after Saturday’s unrest suggested.

    CLIMATE CHANGE
    Macron says the fuel tax increases are part of his effort to combat climate change, wanting to persuade French drivers to exchange diesel-fuelled cars for less polluting models. He said on Saturday he would not deviate from his policy goals.

    As governments from around the world began a two-week conference in Poland to try to pin down measures to avert the most damaging consequences of global warming, the protests highlighted how costly some of those actions are likely to be.

    Christophe Chalencon, one of around eight semi-official spokespeople for the “yellow vests”, told BFM TV he would not enter talks only to “negotiate over peanuts”.

    The hitherto uncompromising response of Macron, a former investment banker, has only reinforced a view among the hard-pressed middle-class and blue-collar workers that he is part of an urban elite contemptuous of their world.

    The anti-establishment anger spurring the yellow vests on could spell trouble for Macron in next year’s European elections. These are traditionally fertile ground for the far-right, led by Marine Le Pen, which already leads surveys of voting intentions.

    Saturday’s unrest was the worst in central Paris since a student uprising five decades ago. At times, riot police appeared overwhelmed. The Arc de Triomphe, a unifying national monument that houses the tomb of the unknown soldier, was defaced, and a bust of national symbol Marianne was smashed.

    Reporting by Richard Lough and Simon Carraud; Editing by Luke Baker and Kevin Liffey

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    Quote Originally Posted by intothatgoodnight View Post
    Groucho - you bring up an important point about the U.S. government, with your comment - when was the last time the U.S. government rescinded a widely unpopular law (that fits the deep state's agenda/pocketbook)?

    They don't, and they won't.

    Why?

    To a larger degree, our laws are not purely about "We, The People" - that should be clear to every American - and, our "lawmaking" has not been about what J6P would constitutionally prefer, for well over a couple of decades - at minimum.

    "They" will throw J6P bones, every now and again, often mixed in with "other" agendas/cronyism/monopoly-cartel skimming verbiage that have nothing to do with J6P, and everything to do with advancing the larger deep state-globalist agenda.

    Would it be that **somehow** (magically), J6P could actually mount an effort to cause Congress to strike unconstitutional laws from the books without J6P having to organize and set in motion a protracted and expensive legal battle - that may, or may not, prevail?

    It is a relatively straight-forward process for the PTB to place laws upon the books that are arguably unconstitutional and unpopular with J6P - it is exceedingly difficult for J6P to get them removed.


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    Thanks for the kind words. One comes to mind and that's Prohibition. Another is the assault on marijuana. The feds aren't fighting that much to maintain pot as a class I drug. It still is on the books, but how many states have thumbed their noses and legalized growing, possession, and keeping? I'd bet there are some few others, but in the main, you are correct.

    Now, I hate to ask this since it will show my stunning ignorance, but what us JP6. Based on my background I'd say it's a form of jet fuel, but the context is all wrong. Need some enlightenment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Thanks for the kind words. One comes to mind and that's Prohibition. Another is the assault on marijuana. The feds aren't fighting that much to maintain pot as a class I drug. It still is on the books, but how many states have thumbed their noses and legalized growing, possession, and keeping? I'd bet there are some few others, but in the main, you are correct.

    Now, I hate to ask this since it will show my stunning ignorance, but what us JP6. Based on my background I'd say it's a form of jet fuel, but the context is all wrong. Need some enlightenment.
    They meant "J6P" for "joe 6 pack"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Nettleton View Post
    Today Rush pointed out that these are middle class Frenchmen. Car owners over there are required to have this 'yellow vest' in their cars for personal safety should they experience a break down while driving.
    Yes these are the business owners, office workers, farmers, doctors , nurses, paramedics etc etc, thats why the majority of the protesting is at the weekend, theyre all at work during the week
    Many of them are conservative, some are centre left, but all are being labled as far right , as usual by the media,

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    #Breaking French PM confirms six-month suspension of fuel tax in bid to “soothe” tensions - other measures could follow
    #giletsjaunes
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    Very cool. Nice way to cut down taxes.

    In six months, rinse and repeat. Soon the tax will go away.

    Have to remember this when the carbon tax starts in Vermont.
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    The Frogs have more balls than us Americans....
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    Henry Samuel
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    #Breaking French PM confirms six-month suspension of fuel tax in bid to “soothe” tensions - other measures could follow
    #giletsjaunes
    Looks like the French government is hoping the French Yellows are too busy with summer holiday and not having to heat their homes and cars to protest as enthusiastically. As well as being prepared to quash protests after 6 months of watching ringleaders etc.
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    This may have been a (maybe) successful dust-up by what passes for French "Normals" - middle/working class/rurals, but you can bet our domestic Antifa nut jobs were watching closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzkitty View Post
    Henry Samuel
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    #Breaking French PM confirms six-month suspension of fuel tax in bid to “soothe” tensions - other measures could follow
    #giletsjaunes
    Only temporary, but it is a step in the right direction. Interesting.
    However, the French, along with the rest of the EU Untermensch must be sacrificed to the god of climate change.
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    France government suspends fuel tax hikes for six months

    Updated / Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 14:34

    France's prime minister has suspended planned increases to fuel taxes for at least six months in response to weeks of sometimes violent protests.

    The move marks the first major U-turn by President Emmanuel Macron's administration after 18 months in office.

    In announcing the decision, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said anyone would have "to be deaf or blind" not to see or hear the roiling anger on the streets over a policy that Mr Macron has defended as critical to combating climate change.

    "The French who have donned yellow vests want taxes to drop, and work to pay. That's also what we want. If I didn't manage to explain it, if the ruling majority didn't manage to convince the French, then something must change," Mr Philippe said.

    "No tax is worth jeopardising the unity of the nation."

    Along with the delay to the tax increases that were set for January, Mr Philippe said the time would be used to discuss other measures to help the working poor and squeezed middle-class who rely on vehicles to get to work and go shopping.

    Earlier officials had hinted at a possible increase to the minimum wage, but Mr Philippe made no such commitment.

    He warned citizens, however, that they could not expect better public services and lower taxes.

    "If the events of recent days have shown us one thing, it's that the French want neither an increase in taxes or new taxes. If the tax-take falls then spending must fall, because we don't want to pass our debts on to our children. And those debts are already sizeable," he said.

    The so-called "yellow vest" movement, which started on 17 November as a social-media protest group named for the high-visibility jackets all motorists in France carry in their cars, began with the aim of highlighting the squeeze on household spending brought about by Mr Macron's taxes on fuel.

    However, over the past three weeks the movement has evolved into a wider, broadbrush anti-Macron uprising, with many criticising the president for pursuing policies they say favour the rich and do nothing to help the poor.

    Despite having no leader and sometimes unclear goals, the movement has drawn people of all ages and backgrounds and tapped into a growing malaise over the direction Mr Macron is trying to take the country in.

    Over the past two days, ambulance drivers and students have joined in and launched their own protests.

    After three weeks of rising frustration, there was scant indication Mr Philippe's measures would placate the "yellow vests", who themselves are struggling to find a unified position.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2018/...014970-france/
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    Now even Paris abandons Paris Accord! #ClimateChange
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    #BREAKING: French Prime Minister announces 89,000 members of the security forces will be deployed across France on Saturday, including 8,000 in Paris due to expected mass protests/riots- Reuters

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    As I said before they've only suspended it for 6 months, so they win in the medium to long term........

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielboon View Post
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    #BREAKING: French Prime Minister announces 89,000 members of the security forces will be deployed across France on Saturday, including 8,000 in Paris due to expected mass protests/riots- Reuters
    Considering what the police union reps have already said about where they stand in all of this, also past history in France, even if Macron "gets through" this weekend, there's nothing but trees to the horizon.....

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    France to close Eiffel Tower, Louvre, fearing new unrest

    France will close the Eiffel Tower and other tourism landmarks and draft in thousands more security forces on Saturday to stave off another wave of violent protests in the capital over living costs.

    Protesters from the so-called "yellow vest" movement are calling on social media for "Act IV" - a fourth weekend of protest.

    Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 89,000 police nationwide would be deployed to stop a repeat of last Saturday's mayhem across the country and in particular Paris when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard.

    Seeking to regain the initiative after weeks of civil unrest, the government appeared ready to offer concessions.

    Mr Philippe told the Senate he was open to new measures to help the lowest-paid workers. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he was prepared to accelerate tax cuts for households and that he wanted workers' bonuses to be tax-free.

    "I am ready to look at all measures that will help raise the pay of those on the minimum wage without doing excessive damage to our competitiveness and businesses," Mr Philippe told the parliament's upper house.

    The rush of sweeteners to soothe public anger began with Mr Philippe's climb-down on fuel tax hikes, the first major U-turn of Emmanuel Macron's presidency.

    Yet, five days after the worst rioting central Paris has seen since 1968, all signs are that the government has failed to quell the revolt.

    A repeat of last Saturday's violence in Paris's city centre - which saw rioters deface the Arc de Triomphe with anti-Macron graffiti - would deal a blow to the economy and raise doubts over the government's survival.

    Mr Philippe said the state would do all it could to maintain order.

    At least four first division football matches have been cancelled and several museums including the Louvre and Eiffel Tower, were asked to close.

    "We cannot take the risk when we know the threat," Culture Minister Franck Riester told RTL radio.

    He added that far-right and far-left agitators were planning to hijack the rallies by "yellow vest" protesters.

    He said the Louvre museum, Orsay museum, the two operas, and the Grand Palais were among the sites that would be closed.

    The Eiffel Tower will also be closed on Saturday due to the protests, the site's operator SETE said, warning that it could not ensure security for visitors.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/201...sts-monuments/

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    Louvre museum, Orsay museum, the two operas, and the Grand Palais... closed. Eiffel Tower... closed. Yellow Vest/Jacket riots? Looting? Torched cars?
    Ca-ching! Wonder how much potential international tourist income is staying closer to home or finding destinations other than France? In a country and with an administration already in financial trouble this is going to leave a mark.

    Mr Philippe told the Senate he was open to new measures to help the lowest-paid workers.
    Notice how the politicians identify "workers" and say nothing of the millions of French retirees living on a fixed incomes or those citizens dependent upon benefits? They are getting hit especially hard financially. In some areas of France the Yellow Vests protests are sporting a lot of gray hair.
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    Salvini says budget will prevent French-style riots in Italy

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-i...-idUSKBN1O629S (fair use)
    DECEMBER 7, 2018 / 2:01 PM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO

    ROME (Reuters) - Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday that Italy’s expansionary 2019 budget, which is contested by the European Commission, will prevent the kind of unrest that has rocked France.

    “There are several million forgotten Italians we are taking care of so that what has been happening in France doesn’t happen in Italy,” Salvini, who is also interior minister and leader of the right-wing League party, said in a television interview.

    The draft budget raises the deficit to 2.4 percent of gross domestic product next year from 1.8 percent this year.

    Brussels has rejected the plan and asked for changes, saying it breaks previous commitments to reduce borrowing and will not lower Italy’s large public debt.

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    ‘Great Violence’ in Paris Anticipated as Police Staff Join Macron Protests

    The French government expects the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protests in Paris this weekend could be more violent than ever, despite President Emmanuel Macron buckling on fuel tax hikes.

    The Élysée Palace, seat of President Emmanuel Macron, announced to French media they are expecting “great violence” on Saturday as Yellow Vest protestors have announced “Act IV” of their nearly four-week-long protest against the Macron regime that was initially sparked by a rise in fuel taxes, franceinfo reports.

    According to the Élysée, they expect “a hard core of several thousand people” to arrive in Paris on Saturday with the intent to “break and kill.”
    Yellow vest: French government open to evaluating wealth tax reintroduction

    The government is taking the situation so seriously that they have ordered a general mobilisation of every police officer nationwide for Saturday including doubling the number of officers in Paris.

    Rumours had also circulated on social media of the possibility that Macron has ordered the French military to be present in Paris on Saturday with some posting images and videos of what appear to be armoured personnel carriers being pre-deployed. The planned presence of armoured vehicles, a first since 2005, was later confirmed by the government.

    The security for the public transit systems in the French capital will also be totally mobilised with the Paris public transport company RATP already planning to divert or cancel dozens of buses and other forms of public transit going to the Champs-Élysées, the Opera, and several other areas of the city.

    On top of the regular police forces and Gendarmes, around 500 officers of the Directorate for Combating Irregular Immigration (SDLII) will be called upon and the Department of Local Security in Greater Paris (DSPAP) has also said their entire staff will be available to help.

    The U.S. embassy in France has also put out a demonstration alert for Saturday’s protests saying, “Demonstrations may become violent, resulting in damage to property, including overturning vehicles and setting them on fire. Police responses may include water cannons and/or tear gas.”

    The embassy recommended that Americans and others should avoid the protest areas, “shelter in place if in the areas affected,” and notify family for their safety.

    While police have been called on to help quell the expected violence in the French capital, many are showing signs of sympathy to the Yellow Vests and their demands.

    The Police Union Vigi Ministère de l’Intérieur has not only expressed support for the Yellow Vest movement but has called on members to go on an indefinite strike starting on Saturday, and join the Yellow Vests.


    “It is time to organise legally and to be in solidarity with them, for the benefit of all,” the union said and added, “We know that we will have wounded and we fear to have dead among us.”

    The strike will not affect active-duty officers, who are not allowed to strike by law but will impact support and administrative staff.

    “Without the technical assistance and cooks, the companies of CRS [riot police] can be immobilised. Without the administrative assistants, services can be closed. Without the state workers, the maintenance of buildings and vehicles can no longer be done,” the union said.

    While last weekend saw intense amounts of violence within Paris, vandalism has continued in the last several days, including in the department of Puy-de-Dôme where 95 per cent of all the motorway speed cameras have now been destroyed.

    Vandalism and destruction have also been directed at tax collection offices across the country in recent weeks.

    On Tuesday night, a tax office in the commune of Riom in central France was firebombed and only a day before a treasury office in Saint-Andiol, located near Avignon, was also firebombed.

    Over the last three weeks, other tax offices have also been targetted, including the office in Limoges where a tractor was rammed into the front of the building to block the entrance and in the city of Cahors were Yellow Vests blocked entrance into the tax building and wrote “stop the racket” and “Merry Christmas and Good Taxes” on the walls.

    With 67 per cent of the French believing that taxes are “too excessive,” tax collectors say they are now becoming fearful for their safety. In Poitiers last week, 200 tax collector staff were forced to flee the Yellow Vest protestors with one remarking, “The crowd screamed ‘fascists! collaborators!’ What is the next step? The guillotine? The scaffold?”

    The tax officials are not the only ones fearing for their safety according to a source close to the presidency who said that all non-essential ministerial staff have been told to stay home on Saturday. “Everyone is scared. Fear for the stability of the institutions, for the continuity of the State, for the French, for our lives, for France,” the source said.

    President Macron has already been confronted in public by Yellow Vest members while visiting the commune of Puy-en-Velay earlier this week. When the French leader attempted to greet the Yellow Vests he was met with shouts of “Démission!” or “Resign!” and was chased by Yellow Vests as his convoy attempted to leave the area.


    While the original goal of the protests, to end a hike on fuel taxes, was met by Macron earlier this week, the Yellow Vest movement has burgeoned into what some have deemed as a true populist movement.

    Breitbart London spoke to French author Renaud Camus and he claimed that the protests were borne of a much deeper problem in France.

    “The problem is that the protesters themselves are so far too close to the picture, too much inside it, to realise that their fight is part of the general struggle against global replacementism, Davocracy,” Camus said, referring to the globalist elites who meet at the World Economic Forum every year in Davos, Switzerland.

    He also noted that the protestors were “exemplified by the fact that practically all protesters belong to the indigenous, colonised, invaded, conquered people, the ‘natural’ French people.”

    In the face of the past violence and expectation of more this weekend, 72 per cent of French still remain supporters of the Yellow Vest movement.

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    #Breaking: Massive amount of police arriving now at the #ChampsElysee in #Paris. The Bridge close by the #EiffelTower is full of Police vehicles! #GiletsJaunes #YellowVests #Acte4
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    #Breaking: Confirmed! The police will do everything in their powers to avoid people for not letting them reach the "arc de triomphe" in mass #Paris! Looks like they are already locking down some traffic and stopping some vehicles ahead.
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    I can only imagine what the intel looked like to set this response off. Also I'm guessing that this is going to not fissile out, there are too many other bones of contention between the "elites" in Paris, as well as the EU as a whole, and the "indigenous" population....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Housecarl View Post
    I can only imagine what the intel looked like to set this response off. Also I'm guessing that this is going to not fissile out, there are too many other bones of contention between the "elites" in Paris, as well as the EU as a whole, and the "indigenous" population....
    I saw a tweet earlier this evening that said Macon went into hiding. Don't know if that's true.

    But apparently the cops are preemptively arresting people.


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    #Breaking yesterday police proceeded all-out arrests in Paris and province for"criminal association" and "incitement to provoke a crime or a crime' targets ? yellow vests members of what they say were from ultra-right & ultra-left.they arrested people b4 protesting
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    I saw a tweet earlier this evening that said Macon went into hiding. Don't know if that's true.

    But apparently the cops are preemptively arresting people.


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    #Breaking yesterday police proceeded all-out arrests in Paris and province for"criminal association" and "incitement to provoke a crime or a crime' targets ? yellow vests members of what they say were from ultra-right & ultra-left.they arrested people b4 protesting
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    If they're "going there", this isn't going to stop with arrests. French political history does more than just rhyme....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Housecarl View Post
    If they're "going there", this isn't going to stop with arrests. French political history does more than just rhyme....

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    #Breaking: Already 34 people placed in police custody ahead of the protests in #Paris!
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    The Champs-Élysées looks grim. So sad, one of my favourite places 😔 #Paris


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    today #paris seems to be Closed...!


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    #Update: A Priest seen blessing people with holy water on the #ChampsElysee street in #Paris! #GiletsJaunes #YellowVests #Acte4
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    Little vid at link. Hundreds of blue-light cop cars screeching their sirens. Unreal.



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    Bukan hanya rakyat #Paris yg protes, petugas medis pun ga mau ketinggalan protes krn bbm naik
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    Wow, this is dated Dec. 2. How many cops does it take to beat the crap out of one guy?




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    #Breaking: Just in - Around 121 people already arrested by police in #France today ahead of the protests! #GiletsJaunes #YellowVests #Acte4
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    Macron’s France: Shock Video Shows Cops Line High Schoolers Against Wall

    Images of dozens of high-school pupils kneeling with their hands behind their heads during mass round-ups sparked an outcry Friday as France braces for more violence at “yellow vest” protests this weekend.
    Left-wing politicians in France have expressed outrage at the videos, which have gone viral on social media, showing the teenagers kneeling as riot police barked orders at them.

    “Whatever wrong was done, nothing justifies this filmed humiliation of minors,” Socialist leader Olivier Faure tweeted.

    “There is no need to pour even more oil on the flames.”

    The high school pupils were detained Thursday in the Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie, in unrest that has spread to dozens of schools during three weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

    But he too described the videos as “shocking”, telling Franceinfo radio: “It’s right to be angry, looking at these images.”

    Protests at some 280 schools against stricter university entrance requirements have added to a sense of general revolt in France as the “yellow vest” protests rumble on.

    people were arrested outside the town’s Saint-Exupery high school after protesters clashed with police and burned two cars.

    Laurent Saint-Martin, a senior member of the ruling Republic On The Move (LREM) party, said around 40 of the school pupils were masked and carrying equipment to be used in vandalism and arson.

    Dozens of people wearing face masks threw Molotov cocktails, torched rubbish bins and clashed with police outside schools in several cities Thursday.

    The “yellow vest” protests, named after the safety jackets worn by demonstrators, came to a head in Paris last weekend with the worst rioting the capital has seen in decades.

    The protests began on November 17th in opposition to rising fuel taxes, but have since swollen into a broad movement against Emmanuel Macron and the biggest challenge of his presidency.

    The protesters are furious at rising costs of living blamed on high taxes, and accuse former investment banker Macron of favouring the rich with his policies.

    Hailing mostly from rural and small-town France, they say Macron is out of touch with ordinary people. Many are calling on him to resign.

    Farmers have also called for demonstrations every day next week, while two truck driver unions plan an indefinite sympathy strike from Sunday night.

    Four people have died in accidents during the “yellow vest” protests and political leaders from across the spectrum have appealed for calm.

    But many “yellow vests” are urging fresh protests this weekend, saying a string of government concessions are not enough.

    An interior ministry official told AFP that authorities were bracing for “significant violence” Saturday, based on indications that protesters on both the far right and far left are planning to converge on Paris.

    The Eiffel Tower and scores of shops on the Champs-Elysees will be closed Saturday as a precaution, as will major museums including the Louvre.

    The closures are likely to cost thousands of euros in lost revenues as shoppers stay clear for a second consecutive weekend in the run-up to Christmas, following scenes of burning barricades and cars last Saturday.

    Six Ligue 1 football games, one involving Paris Saint-Germain, have been postponed.
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    Macron could be replaced by French Army General, according to former MEP

    Amid tensions between the French government and the ‘yellow vests’, former MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit has suggested that French President Emmanuel Macron could be replaced by a French Army General.

    Speaking to Euronews, the former Green MEP suggested that the violent protests occurring across the country’s capital city will have a knock-on effect on the European elections, due to take place in May 2019, in favour of the far-right.

    Mr Cohn-Bendit said: “History has shown us that such a crisis, a social crisis – it was the same in Germany in the 30s, that was a big crisis and there was big unemployment, and the communists thought it would go to the left, it would go towards socialism. It didn’t.”

    “Never, ever, ever, such social crises go to the left. It always goes to the right.

    “And look, what was the first political proposition from a lot of people who were speaking for the movement? They ask that General Pierre de Villiers becomes French President. They want a General at the top of the country. Is this a left [wing]proposition?”

    Left-wing groups in the French parliament are also attempting to capitalise on the situation as they discuss launching a vote of no-confidence in the government.

    Since the first ‘yellow vest’ demonstrations – held initially to contest plans for an increase in fuel tax, but moving on to more broadly oppose Macron’s government – four have died and dozens have been injured.

    On Tuesday, Macron’s government surrendered to the protesters and announced a 6-month suspension of the fuel tax increase, but the measure is being seen as too little too late by many protesters, who continue to voice their discontent at Macron’s policies which are leaving many citizens struggling to make ends meet.
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