‘Yellow Jackets’ force French government to its knees
By scrapping tax rises on fuel until 2020 and freezing prices of gas and electricity it looks the Yellow Jacket movement has forced French government to its knees. Nevertheless, fearing a new wave of extreme violence in Paris on Saturday, French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, announced the deployment of 89.000 police officers.
Paris’ forces will be doubled and assisted by twelve armoured vehicles. In disarray, Macron’s government puts on hold all flustering policies.
Escalated into riots
Cobbles dislocated and thrown at police forces, graffiti on the walls, thrashed museum pieces and more than 130 people hurt. That was the scene of last Saturday’s protest around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Born as a people’s cry-out on social media, the ‘peaceful’ marches of the Yellow Jackets and their road blocks have escalated into riots with thugs seizing the opportunity only to hurt people and break down public and private properties.
The perspective of new riots worry Paris’ citizens and the government. Information from social networks collected by the Internal Affairs Ministry doesn’t bode well. The Elysee worries about “strong violence with a core of thousands of people determined to break or even kill.”
On TF1 Thursday evening, Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, announced the deployment of an exceptional number of police officers (89.000) all around France. For Paris alone, officers and CRS (riot forces) will see their number doubled and armoured vehicles will assist them.
Unsuccessful reassurance measures
Measures presented by Edouard Philippe in front of the French people, the MPs and the senators didn’t have the desired effect. On Wednesday, the PM pointed out to the responsibility of public actors, political representatives, unions, news editors and citizens in this escalating issue.
Professional and political actors are wondering about the leeway that Emmanuel Macron will have Sunday if the situation gets out of control. After the Prime Minister’s speech at the National Assembly, Les Republicains’ leader, Christian Jacob, described it as a ‘farewell speech’.
Trying to take the lead
According to information published on Thursday in Le Parisien, Marcon is trying to take the lead. He has ordered all ministers to put on hold any flustering policies. Yet, the President is determined not to scrap all the work that has been done for the last eighteen months.