a reply to: Fools
What you are seeing - in France - is simply... French people being French.
Back in 1968, France had a "missed revolution" as some people call it. There were massive riots and strikes in France at that time.
To show you how serious things were, Charles de Gaulle, then president, disappeared for one day. No one knows for sure where he was.
Now, most people agree that he most probably went to visit some of his generals (some of them in Germany), to ensure that the army would support him
in case of civil war.
This year in the 50th anniversary of these events.
Then, French people tried the liberal right wing way - by voting for Sarkozy - in 2007. Results: Sarkozy placed his friends and family at powerful and
especially money-making positions, and the country plunged further: for most people, life becaöe more difficult, less money, more taxes, less work,
Therefore in 2012, French people decided to go the opposite way and vote for Hollande (Francois Hollande, not the country), who was in the Socialist
party. Results: Hollande just kept silent in front of the banks and powerful managers, and life of most French people became harder, less money, more
I must say I was betting on a victory from Marine Le Pen in 2017.
But then here comes a brand new young guy, Macron, who has a lot of promises with him, for example that he will leave the retirees alone. He really
felt new, with a new party (La République en Marche), with a different, new way, where his partisans are really around. His party feels not so
He starts with lots of reform. Some people already got nervous - French people are extremely conservative when it comes to changing their way of
Then he made it clear, we (all French people) have to join together and make some efforts for the country to go better.
Then come some less popular reforms, tax increase, retirement money reduction, tax increase for retired people.
Then he starts properly lying to the people, with the speed limit reduction:
Speed limit of French main roads (not highway) was 90km/h. Macron proposed to lower this limit to 80km/h, in order to save people's lives! Of course
this change would reduce the number of casualties on the road, but by a small number, and anyway, road accident is not the number cause of death in
France, by far.
And guess what, the week following the speed limit reduction, the speed checks on the road multiplied (I think by 2.5) the numbers of fines - which by
the way in France is 90€ (ca. 100USD I think).
So, just a few examples to show that people, from all age and categories, are heating up.
Then, in parallel, we can read in the news that Macron built a new swimming pool in the presidential house in the south of France (Fort de
That he changed the complete cutlery in the Elysée (his work residence and office) in Paris.
And many little things like that.
So, in a summary, you have a president (and government) who is asking people to tighten their belt and make an effort, but who is spending money for
itself in parallel.
Yeah, nothing new here. Except this is in France, and French people have a tradition of communicating their emotion to their rulers...
And of course, French economy is going down (for the majority of people). Rich people are getting way richer in France, but only them.
So you have a nice explosive mix, and it just takes a spark - in this case gas taxes.
Please note, this is only my personal opinion, my 2 cents, as a French guy. Not living in France anymore, but regularly going back to France (3 to 4
times a year), still having family and friends there, and talking to people there.
Most scary is, this is opening a highway straight to the Elysee for Marine Le Pen (even though her party is deeply glued in some money laundering
affairs and some other scandals - good).