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Dec 14 15:35

Round five: Yellow Vests prepare for massive ‘Macron resign’ protest on Saturday

Paris is bracing for yet another round of Yellow Vest protests, with demonstrators planning to take to the streets on Saturday. More than 10,000 people have already RSVP'd on Facebook to the ‘Acte 5: Macron Démission’ march.

The demonstration is scheduled to take place in the French capital on the Champs-Élysées.

The organizers, consisting of some 15 groups, have outlined their list of demands on Facebook, saying they will continue their action against Macron until all their demands are met.

Dec 14 11:58

HAVE FRENCH POLICE MERGED WITH YELLOW JACKETS

Dec 14 11:29

Paris Riots – Ayn Rand’s Prophecy Coming True

The Paris riots are and were as predictable as sex producing babies and Paris today is only a precursor to what can happen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Seattle tomorrow if we allow Zealots and Lunatics to run America into the ground for political agendas that fly in the face of individual freedom and liberty. Trillions for climate change is one of those lunatic fringe agendas that has nothing to do with climate and everything to do with the elite’s control of the world’s masses and wealth redistribution from developed countries to un-developed countries where the world’s elite controls the flow of the money.

Somehow we avoid the “truth” that if you squeeze a tomato hard enough, eventually it will ooze out between your fingers. Paris is oozing right now because of the strangling power of the moneylenders and the zealots and lunatics in government and radical fringe organizations! And let’s not forget that Parisians don’t have the right to bear arms. Americans do!

Dec 14 11:26

'Yellow Vests' are Outcome of EU's Decade-Long Austerity Measures – Activist

The European Commission's decade-long tough austerity measures coupled with excessive taxation have resulted in the "yellow vests" movement, Andy Vermaut, a Belgian human rights activist, told Sputnik.

"In reality, the struggle of the Gilet Jaunes [Yellow Vests] is a cry for help from people who struggle every month for existence", said Andy Vermaut, a Belgian human rights activist, emphasising that "working is no longer a guarantee for being able to exist properly" in Europe.

The "yellow vest" protests have engulfed France since November 17 with around 136,000 people having participated in the protests nationwide on December 8, according to France 24 television broadcaster. Meanwhile, the number of those arrested have mounted to over 1,700.

Dec 14 11:19

Great Exclusive Footage - Yellow Vests Gassed by Police on Champs Elysee (Russian TV News)

This really gives you a sense of what the French protesters are experiencing. This clip follows a slow retreat from the French police as the heavily dressed journalist in full gas mask attire jolts and jumps from nearby exploding gas grenades. In striking contrast to the journalist, there is no discernable fear visible on the Yellow Vest Frenchman who volunteers for an interview. He gives an interview without any protective headgear as he speaks without any panic, calmly answering questions and completely un-phased by the chaos and explosions around him. These protestors are hardcore...

Dec 14 11:08

Who does Emmanuel Macron owe?

President Macron is often presented as a Rothschild Boy. This is true, but secondary. Thierry Meyssan demonstrates that he owes his electoral campaign mostly to Henry Kravis, the boss of one of the world’s largest financial companies, and to NATO – a considerable debt which weighs heavily today on the solution to the Yellow Vests crisis.

Dec 14 11:01

The Yellow Jackets Versus the European Empire

Today, the search is on for a larger explanation of the mayhem. Needless to say, some are blaming Putin. Yet until such time as Russian agent provocateurs are found in the streets of Paris, it’s hard to conclude that Muscovite incitement is anything more than schadenfreude via the Internet.

Speaking of the Internet, on December 6, Buzzfeed argued, “The yellow jackets are a beast born almost entirely from Facebook.” That is, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is the problem. As the article asserts, “The yellow jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook pages.”

This description of the yellow jackets’ preferred medium might well be accurate, but it’s also true that activists, even revolutionaries, found ways of communicating before electricity, to say nothing of social media.

Dec 14 09:40

‘Minimum wage is nuts if you work 70 hours a week’: French farmers’ union blasts Macron’s promises

The French President tried to quell Yellow Vest protests by vowing to increase the minimum wage and cut some taxes, but it means nothing to farmers working long hours and living on slim budgets, their union head told RT France.
President Emmanuel Macron sought to appease Yellow Vest demonstrators, offering them concessions after weeks of massive protests. A monthly minimum wage hike by €100 ($113) and tax decreases for the poor among them.

But Veronique le Floch, Secretary General of ‘Coordination rurale’ (Rural Coordination), a labor union of French farmers, told RT France Macron had only embraced wage earners but failed to deliver a similar promise to those employed in agriculture.

Dec 14 09:26

French Unions Take to Streets Calling for 'Day of Action' in Paris

French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on 3 December spoke in favour of raising wages, accelerating cuts in public spending, and taxes in France in the wake of violent "yellow vests" protests.

French unions are marching demanding an increase in wages, pensions, and against cuts to social protection in Paris. The rally kicked off at about 1 p.m. local time on Friday (12:00 GMT) at the Place de la Republique and, people are moving toward the Place de la Nation. A group of students is chanting slogans against the policy of French President Emmanuel Macron.

The rally is taking place amid violent protests by the "yellow vests", which have been raging for weeks. The demonstrations have been marked by violent clashes with police officers, who have used tear gas and rubber bullets against the protesters.

Dec 13 11:32

‘Police shot at us deliberately': Friend of French woman who lost eye in Yellow Vest clashes to RT

A 20-year-old student, identified as Fiorina, came to Paris for a “Yellow Vest” rally last weekend, Maxime Jacob, the woman’s friend, told RT France. “I was around when we were at Champs Elysees. At around 12am we asked gendarmes to let us leave the place but they were ordered not to allow anyone out.”

At some point, violent rioters attacked a store nearby, setting protective shutters on fire. Suddenly, riot police began dispersing the crowd so that fire brigades could make it to the site. “We were on the left, very far away [from there],” Jacob explained, saying he and Fiorina were pushed back to a police barricade.

But, he claims, police fired shots on both sides regardless of where the arsonists were. “And then, during another attack, an anti-riot grenade exploded several meters away from me,” he recalled. “Seconds later, Fiorina was hit and she fell to the ground.”

Jacob believes his friend wasn’t hit accidentally.

Dec 13 11:10

Offical Charter - 25 Demands of Yellow Vest Movement (English)

Dec 13 08:15

French Government Faces No Confidence Vote Amid Yellow Vest Protests

Several French lawmakers tabled a motion of no confidence, with a vote to be held on Thursday in the wake of President Emmanuel Macron's handling of the "gilets jaunes" ("yellow vests") crisis.

André Chassaigne, of the French Communist Party; Olivier Faure, from the Socialist Party; and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, founder of France Unbowed (La France Insoumise) movement, along with 59 members of the National Assembly — the French parliamentary body — put out a joint statement while filing a motion of no confidence against Macron's government, the AFP reported.

Dec 12 14:51

Why Are the 'Yellow Vests' Protesting

Dec 12 12:25

Inevitable threat? Strasbourg gunman was on terror watch list, had grenades at home

The gunman who shot multiple victims in Strasbourg had previously been convicted and was known to French intelligence as a possible ‘security risk,’ yet managed to slip through the cracks despite tightened security across France.

“The author of these acts, listed as a security threat, had been sought by police,” the regional prefecture confirmed. Yet he has managed to escape arrest earlier in the day, before carrying out the attack near the Christmas market at around 8pm on Tuesday evening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Yellow Vests are right. The French government used this guy to manufacture a "terror" attack so that Macron could demand an end to the protests.

Dec 12 12:09

Uprising in France – The Anatomy of Populism and Challenging the Matrix

The protests in France, symbolized by yellow vests, cover an increasingly large part of society. Political experts have already called this movement a “new revolution”. The scale of the “yellow vest” movement is already so serious that it is absolutely necessary to analyze this phenomenon in a detailed way.

We are dealing with a vivid manifestation of modern European populism. The meaning of populism as a phenomenon rising from the political structure in the societies formed in the wake of the Great French Revolution, and based on the confrontation between right and left, are changing radically.

Dec 12 12:09

Macron's credibility shattered as France joins Italy in budget disgrace

Emmanuel Macron’s bid to buy off France’s “gilets jaunes” protesters with instant budget handouts threatens to blast through eurozone’s fiscal limits, fatally damaging his credibility as the champion of the European project and the guardian of French public accounts.

The package of short-term measures announced in a theatrical mea culpa on Monday night leaves President Macron’s putative “grand bargain” with Germany in tatters.Emmanuel Macron’s bid to buy off France’s “gilets jaunes” protesters with instant budget handouts threatens to blast through eurozone’s fiscal limits, fatally damaging his credibility as the champion of the European project and the guardian of French public accounts.

The package of short-term measures announced in a theatrical mea culpa on Monday night leaves President Macron’s putative “grand bargain” with Germany in tatters.

Dec 12 11:56

'Well played, Macron': Conspiracy theorists make incredible accusation that French government orchestrated Strasbourg shooting to distract from Yellow Vest protests

Conspiracy theorists have made the incredible accusation that the French state orchestrated last night's terror attack - to divert attention from the Yellow Vest protests.

A 29-year-old gunman shot dead at least two people and injured 13 others at a Christmas market before escaping in a hijacked taxi in Strasbourg.

Protesters today made the extraordinary claim on social media that President Emmanuel Macron had set up the attack for an 'excuse' to ask protesters to call off a demonstration planned for Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nothing incredible about it at all.

Dec 12 11:49

Today the #French #resistance of #GiletsJaunes farmers in #France

Here's a footage of #farmers slinging horse poo at the cops

Dec 12 09:42

Sometimes, Rioting Is All That's Left

Dec 12 09:20

Macron slapped with no confidence vote in France as Europe is ripped apart by political crisis that could topple two world leaders in two days

EMBATTLED Emmanuel Macron is to be slapped with a no confidence vote as Europe is ripped apart by political crises that could topple two world leaders in two days.

The motion has been filed by left-wing groups, in the wake of the yellow vest riots rocking France, says a report.

Dec 12 08:51

‘Total mobilization’: Strasbourg bans public demos amid massive manhunt for Christmas market gunman

“The security forces have to be right 100 percent of the time and, remember, in France at the moment they are distracted with the Yellow Vest protests that are going on,” Philip Ingram, a former senior UK military intelligence officer, told RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is the link. This shooting was done to try to mitigate the yellow vest protests.

Dec 12 08:45

Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal ‘King’ Macron

As everybody knows, what set off the protest movement was yet another rise in gasoline taxes. But it was immediately clear that much more was involved. The gasoline tax was the last straw in a long series of measures favoring the rich at the expense of the majority of the population. That is why the movement achieved almost instant popularity and support.

Dec 12 08:42

France: Along Comes A Suspiciously, Conveniently Timed Christmas "Terror" Shooting...

The timing of this incident is so favourable to the Macron government. It's just a fact can't be missed or brushed away:

Takes the focus of attention away from the grievances of the people (Yellow Vests)

Takes the focus of attention away from the arrogant King Jupiter Macron

Makes public gatherings restricted in that part of France.

Play’s the identity politics card which benefits the rulers.

Who benefits from this shooting?

Dec 11 12:25

Eventually This Had To Happen: France Investigates Russia Over Yellow Vest Riots

France opened a probe into possible Russian interference behind the country’s Yellow Vest protests, after reports that social-media accounts linked to Moscow have increasingly targeted the movement.

According to the Alliance for Securing Democracy, about 600 Twitter accounts known to promote Kremlin views have begun focusing on France, boosting their use of the hashtag giletsjaunes, the French name for the Yellow Vest movement. French security services are looking at the situation, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday in a radio interview with RTL.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The French people LOVE Macron. This just HAS to be Putin's fault!!!!!!"

Dec 11 11:57

Europe holds its breath as Macron scrambles to quell protests

Not just France but Europe should hope the tax concessions and minimum wage rise Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday will prove sufficient to quell more than a month of violent and destabilising anti-government protests.

With more than 1,250 people arrested, 400 injured and an economic cost running into billions, the gilets jaunes revolt represents a formidable challenge to the authority of the centrist president, widely seen by his critics as arrogant and out of touch. If he flunks the test, he will not be alone in paying a price.

Dec 11 11:56

French opposition rejects Macron’s concessions to Yellow Vests, some demand ‘citizen revolution’

Macron’s concessions to the Yellow Vests has failed to appease protesters and opposition politicians, such as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who called for “citizen’s revolution” to continue until a fair distribution of wealth is achieved.
Immediately after French President Macron declared a “social and economic state of emergency” in response to large-scale protests by members of the Yellow Vest movement, promising a range of concessions to address their grievances, left-wing opposition politician Mélenchon called on the grassroots campaign to continue their revolution next Saturday.

Dec 11 11:52

Macron surrenders to Yellow Vests: French President hikes minimum wage, axes overtime tax and slashes pension contributions as he declares state of emergency after weeks of riots

French president Emmanuel Macron tonight announced a range of dramatic Socialist-style financial concessions to struggling workers so as to end an 'economic and social state of emergency'.

In a TV address lasting 12 minutes, he said a month of rioting and blockades justified a €100 (£90) per month increase in the minimum wage, taking it to €1498 (£1360).

This will not 'cost anything to the employer', said Mr Macron, and will be accompanied by all taxes and other charges on overtimes being scrapped.

There were also be an end-of-year bonus that employers can pay without being charged by the government, while taxes on those earning less than €2000 (£1800) will also end on January 1.

Mr Macron also ruled out any return of the Solidarity Wealth Tax, saying that he wanted to stop rich entrepreneurs 'moving abroad', so preventing 'job creation'.

Dec 11 11:45

German workers express solidarity with “yellow vest” protests in France

German workers have expressed sympathy with the mass protests of the “yellow vests” in France. Many workers in Germany share the same grievances and recognise they also confront policies that favour the rich.

These views were revealed when candidates of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP) interviewed workers in several locations on Friday.

In western Frankfurt at the Industriepark Höchst, some 90 companies employ more than 20,000 workers. Here, many workers are following the events in France with considerable attention.

Dec 11 11:42

'Yellow Vests' are Outcome of EU's Decade-Long Austerity Measures – Activist

The European Commission's decade-long tough austerity measures coupled with excessive taxation have resulted in the "yellow vests" movement, Andy Vermaut, a Belgian human rights activist, told Sputnik.

"In reality, the struggle of the Gilet Jaunes [Yellow Vests] is a cry for help from people who struggle every month for existence", said Andy Vermaut, a Belgian human rights activist, emphasising that "working is no longer a guarantee for being able to exist properly" in Europe.

The "yellow vest" protests have engulfed France since November 17 with around 136,000 people having participated in the protests nationwide on December 8, according to France 24 television broadcaster. Meanwhile, the number of those arrested have mounted to over 1,700.

Dec 11 11:27

Reporters: What do France's 'Yellow Vest' protesters want?

Dec 11 11:08

'LIQUID WEAPON' French riot police ‘develop secret liquid weapon capable of neutralising protesters even if they are wearing masks’ ready for ‘Day of Rage 2’

FRENCH cops have reportedly developed a secret liquid "stun" gun capable of taking out hardcore rioters - ahead of any more violent protests.

It's been claimed if sprayed at mobs of Yellow Vest protesters the disabling weapon would "stop them clean, putting people down, even with masks."

Dec 11 10:36

Yellow Vest protesters demand MORE from Macron - even after President caved in with £9billion of tax cuts which have sparked EU warning France now faces a HUGE deficit

Yellow Vest protesters demanded even more concessions from Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday even after he caved in to their demands for more pay and lower taxes with a £9billion spending splurge on Monday night.

Thomas Miralles, a Yellow Vest spokesman in the southern Pyrenees-Orientales department, said Macron had failed to listen to protesters and vowed to come to Paris this Saturday for his first demonstration in the capital.

Meanwhile thousands of students angered by Macron's education reforms joined the Yellow Vests on the streets for a 'black Tuesday' of unrest, further complicating matters for the French President.

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Dec 10 15:11

French Speed Camera Revolt Intensifies

Dec 10 14:20

Eventually This Had To Happen: France Investigates Russia Over Yellow Vest Riots

France is investigating Russia over the yellow vest riots. Sorry, Macron, please look in the mirror.

Dec 10 12:17

First reactions to Macron speech

Maybe it's the language translation, or my lack of expertise on French politics, but this #Macron speech came across as weak: a lot of apologies, throwing around government money, some solutions perhaps unrealistic. Sacre blah!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is how it came across to me.

Dec 10 11:23

France Beats its Citizens Bloody for the Crime of Protesting the Globalists (VIDEO)

The French police are taking a very heavy-handed approach to dealing with protesters as this disturbing video shows bloodied and beaten citizens being beaten and dragged by heavily armed police.

Dec 10 10:42

Russian media covered the Yellow Vest protests; now France is investigating Russian ‘interference’

France has opened a probe into Russian “interference” in the anti-government Yellow Vest protests, with Russian media and “Russia-linked” social media accounts targeted for the grave crime of actually reporting on the crisis.

Hundreds of social media accounts supposedly linked to Russia have “sought to amplify” the still-raging French street protests, according to an “analysis” seen by the Times of London.

The source? Ryan Fox, a former NSA employee and the co-owner of an American cyber-security firm which “monitors disinformation” online and has a history of dubiously promoting nefarious Russian ‘meddling’ as a panacea for all Western ills.

Dec 10 10:39

EU Army Deployed To Paris To Crush French Revolution

The EU army has been deployed to the streets of Paris in an attempt to crush the historic French revolution currently sweeping across France.

Armoured European Union military vehicles were filmed storming Paris on Saturday, as hundreds of thousands of protestors continue to protest globalism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The EU army may have been sent in over concerns that the French military might not want to oppose the protests.

Dec 10 10:20

'At the end I ask myself why I work just to survive' man who had 'yellow vest' idea tells Euronews17

Amidst another weekend of violent unrest in cities across France, Euronews interviewed Ghislain Coutard — the man behind the yellow vest idea.

A month before the first roadblocks, Coutard responded to a call to action on Facebook by posting his own video, which would quickly go viral. In it, Coutard suggests people place a yellow safety vest on their car’s dashboard as a symbol of solidarity, earning the movement its worldwide famous name.

Coutard — who did not go to Paris this weekend — spoke to Euronews about why he put up the video, why he joined the movement, and what it would take for the protests to stop.

Dec 10 10:05

Macron to address French nation as students blockade dozens of schools

— On Monday morning there were disruptions in up to 120 schools across the country, including 40 schools completely blockaded by students.

Dec 10 09:44

French Lessons

French people are standing up for their rights and speaking out for many others around the world who are sick at the injustice of capitalism. None more so than people of Western states who have had to endure decades of economic austerity while a tiny elite become ever more obscenely wealthy.

In addition to the irrational malign distribution of wealth that capitalism bestows, Western states — that is, the oligarch-serving politicians — spend and waste inordinate financial resources on militarism and waging criminal wars.

For the fourth weekend in a row, the French public have taken to the streets of Paris and other major cities to demand economic justice.
They also want President Emmanuel Macron to resign. Macron has so far kept his usual aloof silence on the protests, leaving it up to his prime minister Edouard Philippe to placate the angry nation.

Dec 10 09:26

BEX ALERT - UKRAINE’S SBU, BRITISH MEDIA, US THINK TANK: RUSSIA IS BEHIND “YELLOW VEST” PROTESTS IN FRANCE

The French Secretariat-General for National Defense and Security (SGDSN) is investigating rumors on Russia’s alleged meddling in the “Yellow Vest” movement, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview with RTL.

Sputnik reported that the minister’s statement followed a Times newspaper report, citing citing an analysis carried out by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company, that hundreds of allegedly Russia-linked Twitter accounts were presumably fueling the yellow vest rallies by posting pictures of injured protesters and retweeting posts connected to the unrest.

In addition, according to the Alliance for Securing Democracy, about 600 Twitter accounts allegedly linked to the Kremlin have begun focusing on France, boosting their use of the hashtag #giletsjaunes.

Dec 10 09:24

France: Almost 1,000 arrests as 'Yellow Vests' protests continue

Dec 10 08:23

France's Yellow Vest movement strikes a victory for working people across the EU

Though the Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement in France may appear to have erupted from nowhere, its arrival has been a long time coming.
“Men make their own history,” Karl Marx reminds us, “but not of their own free will; not under circumstances they themselves have chosen but under the given and inherited circumstances with which they are directly confronted.”

And confronting the thousands of Yellow Vest protesters who’ve been laying siege to central Paris these past few weeks – along with millions of ordinary working people across France – have been and are the deepening consequences of a broken and defunct neoliberal economic model, compounded by the refusal of its prime movers, chief among them French President Emmanuel Macron, to wake up to the deepening dystopia fashioned in its name.

Dec 09 21:26

MACRON CRISIS: EU may NEVER be able to TRUST President again, experts warn

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Oliver Davis, a reader of French Studies from the School of Modern Languages and Culture at the University of Warwick, said: “It seriously damages his reputation for technocratic competence and calls his political judgement into question.

“The fact that his government was clearly taken by surprise and thought it could tough out unrest but has now given way to it shows that he is not a good listener.

“This is how the government is already trying to present itself, after the recent U-turn, almost as psychotherapeutic listener attentive to the nation’s sufferings - but rather that he was not only rash in his earlier pronouncements but guilty of a major error of political judgement.

“This is without doubt the toughest challenge Emmanuel Macron has faced since being elected and probably the most serious political crisis to engulf France since the near-insurrection of Mai ’68.”

Dec 09 15:49

French ‘Yellow Vest’ protester has hand BLOWN OFF by grenade as country descends into violence and bloodshed

Gendarmes were supported by 12 gendarmerie Berliet VXB-170 armoured cars, complete with 7.62mm machine guns and a 56mm Alsetex Cougar grenade launchers.

The vehicles are designed to break down barricades and to advance on crowds during riots.

A total of 106 out of 109 squads of gendarmes mobilised across France, along with other paramilitaries groups such as the Republican Security Companies (CRS).

The Yellow Vests said their protests would continue indefinitely as they campaign for even more tax reductions.

There have been calls for a State of Emergency to be announced, and for the Army to take to the streets.

The current spate of Paris violence is considered the worst since the Spring of 1968, when President Charles de Gaulle’s government feared a full-blown revolution.

Dec 09 15:35

France protests and the 'yellow vests’ deep anger reveal the hypocrisy at the heart of the green agenda

The yellow jacket protests are over more than just a single, obnoxious tax. They arise from the failure of Western leaders, like Macron, to look out for the interests of their people as a whole instead of just their favored classes.

The enraged, resentful citizens in the streets of Paris and rural roads of the countryside have no interest in crowning a new king. But they are fed up with paying ever-rising climate taxes so their “betters” in the drawing rooms of Paris and Brussels can feel good about themselves and pad the wallets of their business cronies.

Dec 09 15:31

French high school students made to kneel with hands on heads by police – video

Dozens of students in the Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie were made to kneel with their hands on their heads on Thursday, amid unrest that has spread to schools during three weeks of anti-government demonstrations. Protests at nearly 300 schools against stricter university entrance requirements have added to the unrest as Paris prepares for another weekend of gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests

Dec 09 10:29

French 'Yellow Vest' protester had his hand 'blown off by a grenade' and a woman 'lost an eye' during riots as clean-up gets underway in Paris and Macron prepares to unveil new tax cuts in grovelling speech to quell unrest

A French 'Yellow Vest' protester had his hand blown off after reportedly trying to pick up a grenade in Bordeaux while a woman in Paris lost an eye during violent clashes last night.

The device detonated when the man tried to pick it up in order to throw it back, the city's deputy public prosecutor Olivier Etienne confirmed, Sud Ouest reports.

But no further details have been released about the man's identity or his current condition.

Dec 09 09:30

FLASHBACK JUNE - Dipping into taxpayers' money: President Macron orders a new swimming pool to be built just a few feet from his private beach

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron have ordered a new swimming pool to be installed a few feet from their private beach - so as to avoid people taking pictures of them sea swimming.

The Elysee Palace confirmed the five figure expenditure at the Riviera retreat where France's presidential couple will spend their summer break.

It also confirmed that the French taxpayer would be paying for the new swimming pool.

Dec 09 09:29

France is the new tax hell in Europe and beyond

While the dust has not yet settled in the streets of Paris, after sweeping protests against fuel tax hikes, it just so happens that France has taken the crown from Denmark as the most taxed country in 2017, the OECD found.

Among the 34 developed members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Emmanuel Macron leads the nation with the highest tax-to-GDP ratio, the organization reported. France leads with 46.2 percent of GDP against the average of 34.2 percent of other members, thus dropping the long-standing leader in the rating, Denmark.

The Scandinavian country’s numbers, meanwhile, shrank to 46 percent, down by 0.2 since last year. Sweden, Italy, and Greece round out the top five, while Mexico is the last on the list at 16.2 percent.

Dec 09 09:27

Color of outrage: Yellow Vests rallies sweep across France and abroad

France has been gripped by rallies as Yellow Vests demand new concessions from the government. Hundreds of protesters, including the movement’s leader, were detained during the demonstrations.

Yellow Vest mayhem has hit the country for the 4th consecutive weekend. Protests in the capital this Saturday resulted in clashes between demonstrators and police, with officers resorting to tear gas. Hundreds were detained and taken into custody in the capital.

Dec 09 09:25

Erdogan: French 'Yellow Vests' Protests Show Europe Has Failed on Democracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Saturday that Turkish police were frequently accused of using force, however, he pointed to the situation in France and urged to note how the local police treated people there, the Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan cited by the Anadolu news agency, the Yellow Vest protests pointed out to Europe's failed democracy, human rights and freedom, adding that Europe's security was threatened by the native population.

"The walls of security and welfare that they so cherished started to be shaken not by migrants or Muslims, but by their own citizens," Erdogan said.

Dec 09 09:24

Brussels Police Detain 450 People in Yellow Vest Rally

As many as 450 people were detained in an unauthorized yellow vest protest in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Saturday, with 10 individuals having appeared in court, the city's prosecutor's office said.

"The Brussels Prosecutor's Office can provide the following information. At this stage, the issuing of arrest orders has been confirmed for 10 people," the prosecutor's office said in a statement, adding that as many as 450 people had been subject to administrative detention.

Dec 09 09:22

Farage on Paris Riots, 'Disconnected' Macron: 'Goodness Knows Where This Ends'

Dec 09 09:20

'Who sows poverty collects protest' Salvini LASHES OUT at Macron and EU over Paris riots

Speaking to about 80,000 people at a Lega rally in Rome, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister blamed Emmanuel Macron‘s austerity policies and the EU for the deadly yellow vests protests in the French capital. Mr Salvini claimed the core paradigm set out in the EU Treaties are currently undeliverable by member states because of the contrasting attitude of the Brussels institutions against Governments’ economic proposals.

He told the crowd: “You tell me how it is possible to guarantee what is written in the institutional Treaties.

“Full employment, sustainable growth, solidarity between states and citizens.

“Look at the images coming from Paris.

“Remember those that came from Greece. Look at the economic crisis that even the super powerful Germany is starting to experience.

“Spain, or other countries.

“Think of the yellow vests who are guaranteeing public order in this square and are protesting in Paris.

Dec 09 09:11

Armoured vehicles bearing EU flag STORM Paris in sign European Army ALREADY created

Riots have been raging across the city for the last few weeks as anger about the high cost of living and increased fuel taxes threaten to topple Emmanuel Macron’s Government.

Shocking scenes today saw riot cops confronting the so-called Gilet Jaunes – after the high-vis yellow vests they have worn.

But one particular video has caused a stir after it was posted on social media.

Dec 08 10:31

Yellow Vests 'Spokesman' Warns Against Protests in Paris

"Yellow vest" protesters should not take to the streets of Paris, since doing so would "certainly" lead to deaths, Christophe Chalencon, who calls himself movement's spokesman, told Sputnik on Friday.

"We should no longer protest in Paris. If there are protests in Paris, there certainly will be deaths," Chalencon said, stressing the need to "continue putting pressure" on the government.

According to Chalencon, if Saturday's demonstrations end in violence, French President Emmanuel Macron "will be politically dead."

"What’s happening outside Paris is not that serious. We need to avoid… vandals and law enforcement forces, who are present in large numbers and have much more powerful weapons. We need to avoid contact with them. We need to continue putting pressure, but with an iron fist in a velvet glove," he stressed.

Dec 08 10:10

Le Pen Says Ongoing Crisis in France Can Be Resolved Only by Political Means

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French right-wing National Rally (RN) political party, said Friday that the ongoing crisis in France can only be resolved by political means.

"We believe that the way out of the crisis is essentially political. This decision excludes any use of violence that only adds chaos to adversity," Le Pen said in a letter published on the party's website.

She noted that the political solution to the crisis depended on the authorities, stressing that French President Emmanuel Macron "is deprived of sympathy for the people, constrained by arrogance and indifference of the elites."

Dec 08 10:06

Police Use Tear Gas as Yellow Vests Protests Rock Paris for 4th Week (VIDEO)

The so-called "Yellow Vests" protests, named after the reflective vests all French drivers are required to keep in their cars, have been ongoing in France since November 17.

Despite French President Emmanuel Macron's announcement that he was abandoning a proposed fuel tax, "Yellow Vests" protests continue under the banner "All to the Elysee" on Saturday, December 8 in Paris, a reference to the Elysee Palace, where the president of the republic officially resides.

Earlier, authorities announced that they would close the Eiffel Tower on the day of the upcoming December 8 demonstration, citing safety concerns. The Louvre, the Delacroix arts museum and the Tuileries Garden will be closed as well.

Dec 08 09:53

Israeli Scammers Swindle 3000 French of $20 Million, Many Other Countries - No Wonder Macron Is Hated

Macron was created, elected, and is propped-up by Jewish finance and media.

"Investigations reveal a pattern of Israeli officials stone-walling efforts to stop the perpetrators of massive financial swindles in various countries, from Europe to the US to the Philippines… While some Israeli reporters work to expose the scams, a new one is already underway."

Dec 08 09:52

Macron's 'Hard Ball Play' Failed, Provoked Backlash From Protesters - Scholar

8000 extra police are to be deployed to the streets of Paris this weekend, as part of 89,000 gendarmes deployed nationwide in anticipation of further protests by the Yellow Vests movement. This is despite a government U-turn on its plans to scrap a proposed rise in fuel tax along with a gas price hike.

The Yellow Vests movement now goes beyond protesting the fuel tax rise and is uniting people from all walks of life against the President Emmanuel Macron, who they consider to be out of touch with the average French worker. His package of reforms which he has pushed through the Senate since he came to power have hit the vulnerable in French society the most, and as he sought to boost businesses and the economy.

Le Pen Says Ongoing Crisis in France Can Be Resolved Only by Political Means

Dec 08 09:50

Nationalists Are Burning Federal Buildings and Degenerate Art Museums in France

The rank and file police and military sympathize with the conservative nationalist demonstrators, and are standing down, and even supporting them in some cases.

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Dec 08 09:49

Macron Disappears as France Locks Down for Weekend Violence.

Dec 08 09:48

Macron must LEARN from Trump: EU's future hinges on ability to quash angry REVOLT

The pro-EU technocrat promised to unite a divided France as he beat right-wing populist Marine Le Pen, making him the youngest French head of state since Napoleon. The 40-year former investment banker had never held office before becoming President but the European Union was hopeful he could usher in a new dawn with France at the heart of it. But his dreams of an EU army and Eurozone reform are becoming more distant as days go by, thanks to a unique and violent uprising that has recently emerged.

The so-called “yellow jackets” are frustrated with the increasing price of fuel, tax and the cost of living, and they have made their voices heard – literally leaving Paris in flames.

The movement is born out of small working class French towns, whose people are highly suspicious of Mr Macron’s bold initiatives aimed at pleasing the metropolitan elite and bankers of Paris.

Dec 08 09:37

They're Coming To Paris In Attack Mode - This Is A Revolution Folks!

Dec 08 09:36

THE BEGINNING TO AN END

The disease that caused this yellow vest revolution is the “40-40-40 SYNDROME” where the people work 40 hours a week, at a job they hate, for 40 years of their life, in hopes they will make 40% of what they could not afford to live on in the first place.

Dec 08 09:30

French police arrest 700 people protesting against govt. across France

Dec 07 09:22

Israel furious as prestigious French human rights award goes to B’Tselem, Al-Haq

Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups B’Tselem and Al-Haq have both received a prestigious French award, prompting a furious response from Israeli officials.

The five laureates of the 2018 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic were announced on Wednesday, an award which honours individuals or organisations that promote human rights.

The award ceremony will take place at the Ministry of Justice in Paris on 10 December, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Attendees will include French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet.

Dec 07 09:09

France braces for 'ULTRA-VIOLENT' protests, with 89,000 cops on the streets and shops boarded up as demonstrators vent fury at Macron's reforms despite the President caving in to Yellow Vest demands

France is bracing for 'ultra-violent' protests' this weekend with 89,000 police on the streets and shops boarded up as demonstrators vent their fury at President Emmanuel Macron's reforms.

A dozen armoured cars equipped with machine guns will also patrol parts of Paris as the French government attempts to avoid urban warfare tomorrow amid fears thousands will bring chaos to the streets.

The Yellow Vests – fuel price protesters named after their high visibility jackets – will be joined by groups from the far-Right and the hard-Left in a mass show of anger against Macron's administration on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Eiffel Tower will be closed, 8,000 police officers will be deployed in the French capital alone and 14 'high-risk' sectors will be cleared out - including one containing the world-renowned and glitzy Champs-Elysees avenue.

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