France - Police Shoots Tear Gas, Kill Marseille Pensioner (80)
Although it is striking that MSM only started taking a clear interest in the French demonstrations and riots as from this weekend, what is even more worrying is that some try to portray it as if there are only protests in the capital Paris. This is untrue. The protests have been ongoing for three weeks and are countrywide.
Just this Saturday at the end of the day, while several clashes erupted in downtown Marseille after the demonstrations of yellow vests (and against unhygienic housing), an 80-year-old woman was hit in the face by a tear gas grenade shot by police forces.
As she closed the shutters of her apartment, a projectile struck her in the face. She was taken to the Timone hospital and then to the Conception hospital, where she was operated on but died of "operational shock," Mr Xavier Tarabeux, the public prosecutor in Marseille, admitted last night.
One of the main worries that has become clear in the rest of Europe is that although it may have been a brilliant move during the election campaign, the choosing of an unexperienced team around him now proves to be President Macron’s ultimate undoing.
The French public has read surprisingly about inexperienced members of parliament who now have to discuss with protesters and don’t have a clue about the ‘minimum wage’ or the price of basic products. The French voting public starts to realize that they indeed don’t have the same age-old politicians anymore, but that their President surrounded himself mostly with a city elite which has no idea about how the rural French live.
Macron cancels travel plans
The French president held an urgent security meeting on Monday. Ministers said that while no options had been ruled out, imposing a state of emergency had not been discussed during the talks.
Mr Macron has also cancelled a planned trip to Serbia to concentrate on the crisis. During the first week of the crisis, he was criticized for traveling to Belgium and Germany on state visits and thus escape the protesters.
Meanwhile Culture Minister Franck Riester told reporters that Prime Minister Philippe would announce "a strong conciliatory gesture in the coming days," without giving details.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the largest opposition party and the Presidential choice many French now have come to regret not making a year ago, claims that if Mr Macron does not budge he ‘will become the first leader in 50 years to order the shooting of his own people soon.’
The deceased pensioner in Marseille proved a case in point.