Probably not seen in Paris since the last round of Islamist riots because the French haven’t sufficiently kissed their asses enough, this time it’s real live (patriotic) Frenchmen who’ve had enough.
And to listen to the Establishment Media, one would think this is all because of a new federal tax on gasoline and diesel. Well… jacking up the cost of fuel by almost 25 percent is a major reason for violence in the streets, but not the only reason.
Of course, the EU-loving government of Emmanuel Macron places the blame on the “ultra-right,” as reported by Yahoo News.
On the heels of Macron recently calling for a European Union army (to possibly fight the United States), and his slamming anyone who declared themselves a “nationalist,” (just as President Trump did a few short weeks ago), the Gallic leader has convinced himself that Frenchmen rioting in the streets must be someone else’s fault.
In this case, the Macron administration is pointing the accusatory finger at Marine Le Pen and her conservative National Assembly Party.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution;
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has accused the far right of encouraging acts of violence and clashes with police in Paris.
Marine Le Pen, the head of the National Assembly party, called on protesters to head to the Champs-Elysees earlier this week despite authorities banning all demonstrations on the avenue.
Castaner’s comments came as French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse angry demonstrators in Paris, as protests and road blockades, led by drivers opposing rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, swept the nation.
Castaner said that 5,000 protesters flooded the Champs-Elysees alone, with 23,000 protesters in total nationwide.
However, the Bloomberg news service is reporting numbers vastly different;
There were about 8,000 protesters in the city mid-afternoon, the Interior Ministry said, with a national turnout of about 81,000.
As noted by Car and Driver magazine; (Emphasis mine)
The price of diesel has increased more than the price of gasoline; it has gone up by around 23 percent in 12 months as France joins other nations in waging war on the fuel. Motorists took this relatively sudden measure as a punch in the gut. For decades, various administrations went to remarkable lengths to put drivers behind the wheel of diesel-powered cars, and lawmakers encouraged companies like Renault and Peugeot to develop diesel technology. The result is that, as of January 2017, 61.6 percent of the cars registered in France run on diesel, though that number is gradually shrinking as the percentage of new gasoline-powered cars increases.
Per the video below from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the cost of fuel in France is scheduled by the government to increase to the equivalent of $2.34 (Canadian) for a single liter. That would be the equivalent of $6.67 (US) per gallon.