Fearing that an “enormous violence” will be part of “Act IV” of the mobilization of the “Yellow Jackets,” authorities have announced the mobilization of “exceptional measures” of more than 65,000 security forces deployed throughout France, and putting the finishing touches the security presence already in Paris.
As the fourth Saturday of mobilization of the “Yellow Jackets” approaches, l’Elyssee dreads that “an enormous violence” will explode in Paris this weekend. Throughout France, the calls to gather in Paris and demolish the current establishment rule are multiplying. Last week, a young man encountered by Le Figaro near the Saint-Lazare station was shouting: “This is not a protest, this is the Revolution!” Tuedsay night, on BFM TV, one of the leaders of the movement, Eric Drouet, had even declared wanting to “return” to l’Eyssee Saturday.
Ace provided that translation from Le Figaro, which my own long-ago college-boy French is far too rusty to gainsay. More from Diplomad:
The immediate cause of the disturbances in France is, of course, the “green tax” that the government sought to impose on French people. In the name of protecting Gaia, the already sky-high fuel prices in France were to be hit with additional taxes. That, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. The foolish economic and social policies of France (and the EU) are making average French people into poor people. To an even greater extent than we have seen on these shores, the middle class is being eliminated, ground into dust. I read some interesting stats on France which now I can’t find that showed that the average French citizen is out of money by the 20th of the month. Of course, it’s all very different if you have a senior government or EU job. As one of the Diplosons commented to me the other day, “What does a young Frenchman do to accumulate wealth?” Most avenues to potential wealth are heavily taxed, regulated, or otherwise controlled and put out of the reach of the average person. The French education system is a leftist disaster–Perhaps even worse than ours? Hard to believe–and produces the usual crop of highly credentialed and useless morons now standard fare in the West. On top of it all, the chocolate on the soufflé, France continues to support the immigration of other countries’ poor. What possibly could go wrong? Rhetorical question, folks, the list of answers is too long…
Back to the riots. One thing that struck me was some Rebel Media video in which you can see, through the swirling clouds of tear gas, demonstrators waving the Tricolor and hear them–gasp!– singing La Marseillaise, arguably the most stirring national anthem in the world. I am not French and don’t pretend to be, but that gave me goose-bumps. It, more importantly, also showed that these are not your run-of-the-mill Antifa-type thugs on the street. We might be seeing the rise of militant nationalism in revolt against the elitist globalism that has ruled and ruined the West for the past fifty or so years. De Gaul would have been proud…
France’s absurd President Macron has backed off for now on the new taxes–Gaia can wait, I guess. I don’t think, however, that he and his fellow “leaders” have gotten the message. Perhaps France needs a President Trump to drive home that it’s time to Make France Great Again? I also wonder how a Frexit vote would look? Fat chance that will be allowed…so, France continues to churn.
California should emulate the French citizens in the street. Right.
They should, actually. Then again, though, how many actual, legal American citizens can there be left there by now, anyway? In any event, best wishes and hats off to the Yellow Vests. Diplomad suggests perusing the always-excellent No Pasarán blog for more on all this as it happens, and he’s right.