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French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to get tough on citizens protesting his government appears to have backfired as members of the yellow vest movement take to Paris’ streets.
Nearly 50,000 protesters trampled Sunday through towns and cities dotting France, including Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Rennes and Marseille. Street marches began peacefully enough in Paris but soon degenerated into a maelstrom of violence and chaos.
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Some protesters threw haymaker punches at baton-wielding police officers while other agitators lit cars on fire outside the Champs Elysees. Much of the sting from the yellow vest protests, which began in November, had dissipated after Macron pulled back on an unpopular carbon tax.
Some believe these protesters “take as a pretext that they are speaking in the name of the people” when “in fact they are merely speaking for a hateful mob” that targets “police, journalists, Jews, foreigners, homosexuals,” Macron stated during a Dec. 31 address.
The French president’s comments came weeks after he moved to eliminate a gas tax that originally animated the mob.
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Those concessions cost the French government nearly $11.39 billion in lost revenue, enough to send French borrowing costs higher as investors fretted about debt levels and Macron’s ability to reform...
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The beatings will continue until moral improves.