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I am a ‘yellow vest’ too, if it means wanting a better salary – Macron

Via RT


After more than two months of Yellow Vest protests against the economic policies of the French government, President Emmanuel Macron claimed that he too could be a ‘yellow vest’ if the movement stands for higher salaries.

“If being a yellow vest means wanting fewer parliamentarians and work being paid better, I am a yellow vest, too!” Macron said on Thursday in an attempt to align with the grassroots movement against economic injustice, which was born as a protest against the French government’s policies.

In an interview with several French journalists (BFM TV, Paris Match, Le Figaro) he described the Yellow Vests as a social and political movement without “a fixed claim and leader,” as well as saying that it has “mutated” since its inception and has been “infiltrated by 40,000 to 50,000 militants who want the destruction of institutions.”

Macron also spoke about the RIC – the “Citizens’ Initiative Referendum” – a referendum demanded by the Yellow Vests. It envisages popular votes being held to allow the French to vet government policy proposals.

He dodged a straightforward question by saying that he was open to the possibility of a referendum but, at the same time, he does not want the popular vote to invalidate the decisions of parliament.

What Macron did rule out was a referendum on a wealth tax, one of his most unpopular reforms for which he has been dubbed the “president of the rich.” But Macron said he was open about other proposals.

In a December interview with Les Echos newspaper that was published online, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe admitted that the government had “made mistakes.” Among these was the fact that it had “not listened enough to the French people.”

The Yellow Vest movement, named after the high-visibility jackets worn by the demonstrators, ignited in November over government-proposed tax hikes, but it morphed quickly into wider discontent with Macron’s economic agenda and a decline in living standards.

Thousands of people have been protesting on Saturdays and Sundays in Paris and other French cities, with some rallies descending into violence. Hooligans have frequently been seen destroying property and torching cars; while demonstrators have also blocked roads and clashed with police.

Macron’s interview comes amid a big debate in France about a controversial anti-rioting bill, which aims to crack down on the street violence that has marred the Yellow Vest protests. The bill primarily targets ‘hooligans’ who damage property. However, some MPs are also pushing for harsher punishments for unauthorized protests and people who cover their faces during demonstrations – a move that has been slammed as a “threat to civil liberties,” even among Macron’s supporters.

“I learned a lot from those 20 months. It scared me,” Macron told French media.

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Olivia Kroth
February 1, 2019

“I learned a lot from those 20 months. It scared me”, says childish Macron. Back to school! You have a lot more to learn. You are totally out of place as “President” of France. What a clown you are. Your mother did not spank you enough?

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 1, 2019

You referring to his actual mother or his current wife-mother?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  TravelAbout
February 1, 2019

I am referring to both, he he he …
This guy needs a lot of spanking. Two women can do it better than one.

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Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

I think he would prefer men to spank him.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

Protest song of the French Yellow Vests against Macron:
“Il faut lui couper la tete” – “We must cut his head off”
parody of an old song by Edith Piaf

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

Protest song against Macron, parody of an old song by Charles Aznavour:
“I live by myself in the Elysée Palace with my mother (Brigitte Macron), we have 800 people who serve us, this is wonderful… So that mommy will have enough to spend, I have to extort money day and night from all these old people …”

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

Sorry, not the right clip above.
This is the right one:

Conor Hanley
Conor Hanley
February 1, 2019

Sadly this isn’t satire , Macron is so out of touch he can’t comprehend how foolish this sounds like or he’s an idiot. More likely both.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Conor Hanley
February 1, 2019

Of course France is in a sad state, due to the clown Macron but one can only treat him in satire. This fool is beyond all sorts of seriosity.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 1, 2019

Exhibition of French caricatures of Macron:”Draw a macron for me!”

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 1, 2019

Which caricature do you like best?
I like the last one best, where the idiot is sitting naked on a toilet, thinking about the future of France.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

Macron démission
The people say, “Macron, step down!”

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

I believe that Macron is the most hated president puppet in France since the end of World War II. Enough is enough!
Chanson ‘Les Gueux’ – it refers to a Dutch rebellion in the 16th century which led to a prolonged Civil War. The same could happen in France now?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

Homage to the Yellow Vests: Song “On lache rien” – “We will not give up”

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

Same song, different people …
“On lache rien” – “We won’t go down!”

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Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

It was very obvious during the election who he was and how he would be. He is definitely out of touch with the people of France.

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
February 1, 2019

One word – CLUELESS

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  TravelAbout
February 1, 2019

The French are a very cultured, philosophical nation. They can see a humorous side even in the most difficult situation. Sometimes we need to laugh to overcome pain …

Animated “debate between Madame Le Pen and Monsieur Macron”:

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 1, 2019

Not only are the French people the most cultivated and philosophic nation in Europe but also the bravest. They are the only ones that dare openly challenge a fascist régime imposed on them by the tyrannical USA and EU. The “Gilets Jaunes” oppose the fascists not only verbally but physically, risking their lives.

The “Gilets Jaunes” will hold act 12 tomorrow, Saturday the 2nd of February 2019, in many cities of France. They will have peaceful demonstrations again, and also memorial actions for those who were wounded.

Vive la France libre!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 2, 2019

Are you among these people, chickenshit Macron?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 2, 2019

So where are you, chickenshit Macron? Has the police already shot out one of your eyes, like they did with Jerome Rodriguez? Show us your missing eye, you damned chickenshit bandit Macron! Macron, you are a vulture, a gangster, a thief, a robber, a parasite, hiding behind golden screens!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 3, 2019

Macron, the new French Hitler, is having people poisoned with gas, many people are hurt by the French police in Paris.

Cudwieser
February 1, 2019

Welcome Mr Macron. Sit and drink while we prepare the machine of your demise you spineless worm.

Frog
Frog
February 2, 2019

There is a serious translation mistake here. Macron never said “it scared me”, but “it scarified me”.

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