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French opposition rejects Macron’s concessions to Yellow Vests, some demand ‘citizen revolution’

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Via RT…

Macron’s concessions to the Yellow Vests has failed to appease protesters and opposition politicians, such as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who called for “citizen’s revolution” to continue until a fair distribution of wealth is achieved.

Immediately after French President Macron declared a “social and economic state of emergency” in response to large-scale protests by members of the Yellow Vest movement, promising a range of concessions to address their grievances, left-wing opposition politician Mélenchon called on the grassroots campaign to continue their revolution next Saturday.

I believe that Act 5 of the citizen revolution in our country will be a moment of great mobilization.

Macron’s promise of a €100 minimum wage increase, tax-free overtime pay and end-of-year bonuses, Mélenchon argued, will not affect any “considerable part” of the French population. Yet the leader of La France Insoumise stressed that the “decision” to rise up rests with “those who are in action.”

“We expect a real redistribution of wealth,” Benoît Hamon, a former presidential candidate and the founder of the Mouvement Génération, told BFM TV, accusing Macron’s package of measures that benefit the rich.

The Socialist Party’s first secretary, Olivier Faure, also slammed Macron’s financial concessions to struggling workers, noting that his general “course has not changed.”

Although welcoming certain tax measures, Marine Le Pen, president of the National Rally (previously National Front), accused the president’s “model” of governance based on “wild globalization, financialization of the economy, unfair competition,” of failing to address the social and cultural consequences of the Yellow Vest movement.

Macron’s speech was a “great comedy,”according to Debout la France chairman, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who accused the French President of “hypocrisy.”

Yet many found Melanchon’s calls to rise up against the government unreasonable, accusing the 67-year-old opposition politician of being an “opportunist” and “populist,” who is trying to hijack the social protest movement for his own gain.

Furthermore, some 54 percent of French believe the Yellow Vests achieved their goals and want rallies to stop, OpinionWay survey showed. While half of the survey respondents considered Macron’s anti-crisis measures unconvincing, another 49 percent found the president to be successful in addressing the demands of the protesters. Some 68 percent of those polled following Macron’s speech on Monday especially welcomed the increase in the minimum wage, while 78 percent favored tax cuts.

The Yellow Vest protests against pension cuts and fuel tax hikes last month were organized and kept strong via social media, without help from France’s powerful labor unions or official political parties. Some noted that such a mass mobilization of all levels of society managed to achieve unprecedented concessions from the government, which the unions failed to negotiate over the last three decades.


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December 12, 2018

Melenchon and the left hope to capitalize on the movement, calling for more action and for additional social steps by Macron, while the movement still reject them.
It looks like the main claim of the movement in now for a constitutionnal change, for the right to have citizen triggered referendums.

Reply to  ababush
December 12, 2018

yes that’s exactly what it’s all about. The big reovlution would be to leave the EU but that’s not on Macron’s agenda…

Olivia Kroth
December 12, 2018

Macron needs to step down, just like May needs to step down in Great Britain. But both these US puppets cling to power, pushed on the people by foreign interests. They should be “putsched away”, if they do not leave on their own.

stephan williams
stephan williams
December 12, 2018

Who believes polls anymore?

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
December 13, 2018

Is it really any wonder that when the so-called French government capitulated to Russia (along with Germany and Turkey – although I wouldn’t be trusting them sneaky back-stabbing Turks ever) in sovereign Syria and when Paris speaks of a non-NATerrorO European army that there is suddenly political unrest and yet another terrorist attack in France again?? Just like all the other times the French and their terrorist sickos want to not keep getting badly beaten by the anti-terrorist forces of Syria, Iran and Russia so openly!!

December 14, 2018

tax-free overtime pay overtime that will be recuperated when there is less work not to mention the people on zero hours contracts and end-of-year bonuses most companies probably don’t give end of year bonuses and temp workers aren’t getting them anyway

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