After cowering for many days, French President Emmanuel Macron finally addressed the people on Monday after a weekend of the most violent ‘Yellow Vest’ riots yet.
“Today, we are forced to admit [the obvious]. Today, I am announcing an economic emergency in our country,” Macron said, addressing the need for “support” for the French economy.
His entire address to the French people can be seen here:
“There is no justification to the anger and all those violent clashes,” Macron said during his speech while tempering his words by admitting that the public has “right to indignation.”
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“We will respond to the economic and social urgency with strong measures, by cutting taxes more rapidly, by keeping our spending under control, but not with U-turns,” Macron said.
Marine Le Pen’s populist right-wing insurgency, National Rally, issued a response to Macron’s hot air: “In his speech, Mr Macron showed he has not understood a movement that must be analysed as a revolt against savage globalisation, against the global caste that enslaves people, against looting by great financial powers.”
Although Macron will give toss some bread crumbles as concessions to the rowdy nationalist ‘Yellow Vest’ movement, they are not likely to stop anytime soon. They have Macron right where they want him – backpedaling and groveling like a scared bitch.
“He is trying to do a pirouette to land back on his feet but we can see that he isn’t sincere, that it’s all smoke and mirrors,” said Jean-Marc, a car mechanic who supports this popular uprising against Macron, to the Strait Times.
“It’s just window dressing, for the media, some trivial measures, it almost seems like a provocation,” said Thierry, 55, a bicycle mechanic who is a frequent ‘Yellow Vest’ protester.
There is only one eventuality that could possibly quell the chaos in the street: the prompt resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron. Even that may not stop the ‘Yellow Vest’ rioters, who could ultimately decide that the guillotine could be in order!