More significantly, the French have provided the rest of the world with an important lesson. That protest movements should ideally tap into widespread grievances and capture the support of the masses in order to be most powerful and effective. This shouldn’t be hard for anyone, since I can’t think of any major governments anywhere in the world that aren’t completely captured by destructive special interests and unprincipled oligarchs.Read More
The gasoline tax was the last straw in a long series of measures favoring the rich at the expense of the majority of the population. That is why the movement achieved almost instant popularity and support.
Briefly, the message was this: we can’t make ends meet. The cost of living keeps going up, and our incomes keep going down. We just can’t take it any more. The government must stop, think and change course.
It is perfectly hypocritical to call the French gas tax an “ecotax” since the returns from a genuine ecotax would be invested to develop clean energies – such as tidal power plants. Rather, the benefits are earmarked to balance the budget, that is, to serve the government debt. The Macronian gas tax is just another austerity measure – along with cutting back public services.
Last Tuesday at 7 am, never before seen in France, there were more than 100 policemen with bullet proof vests, a dozen of prosecutors, 17 search warrants and more than 20 examinations. No, it was not an operation aim to counter terrorism or to arrest gang of drug traffickers but France Public Prosecutor ordered by the Government to head to Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s, his assistants’, former assistants’, members of his political party’s houses and to the La France Insoumise’s campaign services provider Mediascop. Mediascop which is La France Insoumise’s campaign PR company was accused of over billing the services it provided to Melenchon’s party, La France Insoumise.Read More