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UPDATED: Macron Arrests Yellow Vest Organizer As Millions Demand Macron Resign Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 19:46:46 Id: 27a49d [Preview] No. 13592
French police state has arrested a key organizer of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement for leading an unauthorized demonstration, signaling a crackdown on the anti-government demonstrators after nearly two months of violence-filled protests.

Eric Drouet, a truck driver from the suburbs of Paris, was arrested in Paris on Wednesday evening near the iconic Champs-Élysées avenue - a prime location for the yellow vests to gather. Drouet was detained while leading a commemoration of yellow vests who have died since the movement's inception, most of whom were hit by cars during protests at roundabouts throughout the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"The arrest and detention of Mr. Drouet is completely unjustified and arbitrary," said Drouet's attorney in a Thursday statement.

The coming weeks will test whether Mr. Macron’s government can stop the protests, which have slowed the French economy and are undermining his plans for a free-market overhaul of France. Participation waned during the holiday season, but yellow vests are organizing new demonstrations this Saturday in Paris and elsewhere. Protesters continue to camp out at roundabouts across the countryside.

The government has struggled to contain the grass-roots movement, which has no organized leadership and has refused to declare demonstrations to the authorities as required by French law.

Mr. Drouet has emerged as one of its most high-profile members, appearing in the media frequently and calling for protests on Facebook. Mr. Drouet called for Wednesday evening’s commemoration, giving the authorities an opening to detain him. -WSJ

The yellow vest protests began as a demonstration against a climate change fuel tax, and quickly spread throughout France as a widespread rejection of French President Emmanuel Macron and his administration. Rioting yellow vests have clashed with police nearly every weekend since the protests began, with upscale Paris neighborhoods experiencing shattered storefronts and burning cars.

The movement has forced Mr. Macron to reverse course on some key policies, including the suspension of a new fuel tax that prompted the protests. Raising the purchasing power of France’s working class—a key demand of the yellow vests—has vaulted to the top of the political agenda.

Mr. Macron’s concessions have helped drain some public support for the yellow vests, but polls late in December showed they retained the backing of 70% of the French public. -WSJ

Thousands of yellow vests have been arrested, straining the French judicial system.

Macron's crappy approval rating has taken a toll on his administration - with one of his closest advisers, Sylvain Fort, resigning on Thursday for personal reasons. Fort worked on Macron's election campaign, helping sell the French public on the former investment banker in a surprise victory. He transitioned into a role as communications adviser at the Élysée Palace, where he has been unable to mitigate the rapid drop in the French president's popularity.

Surely arresting a key leader of the yellow vest movement will calm things down.


Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 19:47:21 Id: 27a49d [Preview] No.13593 del
Millions of French citizens have demanded that globalist President Emmanuel Macron resign, as the uprising in France continues to gain traction.

According to a new poll conducted by Odoxa and Dentsu Consulting, Macron now only has a tiny 25 percent approval rating.

Express.co.uk reports: The poll, which analysed the voting intentions of 1,004 people and has been carried out between January 2 and 3, found that a staggering 75 percent of French voters is unhappy about what Mr Macron and his Government have done so far.

These numbers become even more alarming for the Elysee when compared to the results of a similar poll taken in April 2018, when 59 percent of those surveyed were unhappy with Mr Macron.

After weeks of violent demonstrations carried out by protesters wearing what has now become an iconic yellow vest, the president promised to implement measures aiming to boost household incomes.

Among them, Mr Macron promised to increase the minimum wage by £89.84 (€100) a month and reduce taxes for pensioners in difficult economic conditions.

But these promises were not enough for 54 percent of the French polled, who believe the biggest political priority for the country is to find measures to boost purchasing power.

Unemployment, which has been the first cause of worries for French people for months, has now slipped to the fourth place.

The survey also found that more than half of those polled, 55 percent, believe the yellow vest riots should carry on, despite Mr Macron meeting some of the protesters’ requests.

Mr Macron is also facing turmoil within his team, with his main speechwriter and top media advisor Sylvain Fort announcing yesterday he is leaving his post at the end of the month.

This resignation comes after Mr Macron’s senior security advisor had to be fired after being filmed roughing up protesters during a demonstration in July.


Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 19:47:43 Id: 27a49d [Preview] No.13594 del
More violence has erupted across France just days after French authorities arrested a key organizer of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement.

After the protests began peacefully, Paris police deployed teargas and batons as protesters began to riot during the so-called 'Act VIII" Day of Rage, while marches were underway in several other cities across France and London. Protesters in Paris hurled objects at riot police manning bridge barricades over the Seine river, while garbage bins were torched along the upscale Boulevard Saint Germain.

#Update: Lots of tear gas being thrown towards the #GiletsJaunes protestors on the #ChampsElysees in #Paris right now! #ActeVIII pic.twitter.com/0djRrEdhWf
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 5, 2019

VIDEO: #YellowVest protesters in Paris gather at the stock exchange where they demand the resignation of French president Emmanuel Macron#GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/spV2xmWn7b
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 5, 2019

#GiletsJaune très forte mobilisation à #Paris scènes d'insurrection dans la capitale #Acte8 #ActeVIII #05janvier #05janvier2019 pic.twitter.com/obnWptTOkb
— LINE PRESS (@LinePress) January 5, 2019

It's kicking off in Paris again. pic.twitter.com/VSK0X7B0TX
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 5, 2019

The #FreeFrench forces drive back Macronist thugs. pic.twitter.com/QZqUm8RZtk
— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) January 5, 2019

VIDEO: #YellowVest protesters clash with riot police in Paris#GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/ON18p0UY9m
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 5, 2019

#Update: The #GiletsJaunes protests in #Toulon are still going strong some pictures of the scene. #ActeVIII pic.twitter.com/n3xgLenzV5
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 5, 2019

Twitter user @Bellingdawg, who reported extensively on the Yellow Vest movement, reveals what's going on in Paris and parts of france receiving less mainstream coverage.

Heavy fighting and severe casualties reported by the Frech Observatory for Human Rights at the Léopold-Sédar-Senghor footbridge during the 8th Battle of Paris. pic.twitter.com/ffnsp1iOTR
— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) January 5, 2019

Yellow hordes in the Montpelier afternoon. Far from defeated, the Free French record courageous advances in Paris, Rouen, Bordeaux, Lille, Marseille, Caen, Tours, Épinal and many more key strategic targets around the country. pic.twitter.com/IZcj1IKck8
— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) January 5, 2019

#Alsace #FreeFrenchArmy regiment march on #Colmar.

It's fall seems inevitable. pic.twitter.com/UUv02j90Ew
— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) January 5, 2019

The Battle of #Dijon continues on the rue de la Prefecture. pic.twitter.com/aidHgbD3eW
— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) January 5, 2019

The quays of #Bordeaux are full of #FreeFrenchArmy. It is the first time since the beginning of the revolution that there has been so many people. #YellowVests #GiletsJaunes #GlobalRevolution pic.twitter.com/9Mnn3plh5H
— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) January 5, 2019

Some demonstrators blocked roads:

"Operation Snail" a complete success on the #A20 between #Paris and #Limoges pic.twitter.com/ZpNQXBElJ3
— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) January 5, 2019

The protests which have come just 18 months into Macron's tenure, have forced the 41-year-old French President to postpone the planned fuel tax as well as grant other concessions.


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