By: Steve Dellar | 11-24-2018 | News
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France – Fuel Tax Protesters Block Paris “Macron Is Behaving Like A King” (Video)

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Paris police is not taking any risks now that the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vests) fuel tax protesters have vowed to block the French capital today. 3,000 extra police were summoned after the protesters, who have been blocking roads, fuel depots and even shopping centres now, called upon all their supporters to march on Paris this weekend.

On Facebook, some 218,000 people have shown their interest and support for the planned blockade of the capital and some 36,000 confirmed they would be present.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here are two maps of areas in Paris that will be blocked off for today&#39;s protests.<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#YellowVest</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ViolenceAgainstWomen</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GiletsJaunes</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#violencesfaitesauxfemmes</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; R Holman (@_RachelHolman) <a href="">November 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Christophe Chalencon, a fifty-year-old who joined the movement and has been blocking roads in the southern Vaucluse department for a week now, says that he voted for the centrist Emmanuel Macron in last year's presidential election, but now feels betrayed by him: "Macron is behaving like a king and just doesn't understand us people in the countryside, even though we represent more than 60 percent of the population."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Two dead, 600 injured and now a grenade threat: the fuel protests in France are the grimmest and least predictable the country has seen in years <a href=""></a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GiletsJaunes</a></p>&mdash; Patrick Jackson (@patrickgjackson) <a href="">November 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"Our purchasing power has been going down constantly and many of us rely on cars to get to work — these fuel taxes are the final straw."

<b>Macron refuses to talk</b>

So far, two people have died, 600 were left wounded, hundreds have been arrested and many shops are blocked.

Related coverage: <a href=""> France - Tax Fuel Protests Take Violent Turn - Molotov Cocktails And Fuel Bombs (Video)</a>.

President Macron has refused to comment on the protests that have paralyzed his country the whole week now and this is further fueling the anger of protesters.

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Political commentators furthermore state that the moment for Macron to do something has by now already passed and as from this moment, he can only lose.

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Lastly, given that the protests are organized via social media, the movement of the ‘gilets jaunes’ is in fact leaderless, thus the government cannot really negotiate with anyone. All Macron has left now are two strategies: the first is to give in to the protesters and reduce taxes on fuel or the second is the wait it out till the protest dies down.

<b>Le Pen</b>

Mr Stephane Wahnich, head of the polling agency SCP Communication, believes that there is one clear winner from this week’s protests, the rightwing party of Marine Le Pen, who immediately took the protesters side last week.

He stated: "More people will vote for the far-right parties such as the Rassemblement National [formerly Front National (FN)]. The current events are amplifying their feeling of exasperation with an elite in the capital that ignores their needs."


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Anonymous No. 43132 2018-11-24 : 11:43

To all you (AL GORE) CarbonTax supporters.

The French Fuel Tax according to Euro-News is a Carbon Tax.

Based on the same process suggested by the Liberal-Democrat Socialists here in the USA during the OBAMA Socialist Era.

In France it has or will shortly raise fuel costs by 31+%, despite Oil cost per barrel dropping about 43% in recent months.

The French collected Carbon Tax $$$$ (like the purposed USA version) is placed in the GENERAL FUNDS Budget and spend on anything and everything. In short it is just another tax and not really an Environmental Green Tax.

SPECIAL NOTE: This Carbon Tax sticks it more so to those who use their cars or trucks for work, or to get to their jobs every day.

If a Carbon Tax was applied in the USA like Frances, it would tax not just tax GAS or Diesel and etc. products. Business would then pass along the added cost to consumers. Thus adding between 6.4% and 6.9% costs into every product sold in the USA.

The USA 2018 Cost of Living Adjustment was about 2.1%

So you would be losing 4.3% to 4.8% of your Net Income to a Carbon Tax.

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