Saturday, December 8, 2018

Pt. 1: Gilet Jaunes/Yellow Vests Vs the Yellow "Leaders" of France

This is one subject that I've regrettably been remiss about addressing. Fortunately with the help from two long term friends of the blog, Gallier the Elder and Gallier 2, I'm finally able to have a better understanding of the situation and write about it  Gallier 1 and 2, two brothers, hailing from the vicinity in which the protests are taking place, graciously assisted with information that gives context and perspective from the people on the ground in France. It's local and personal to them.
And gives us all a better understanding of the protests. As they continue.

 Before we get to the information let me say to my two friends. Merci. Merci beaucoup.  

It appears to me that the French government is attempting to undermine and delegitimize the very real, appreciable, grievances of the masses. By employing the usual provocateurs from the 'left and right. For weeks the protests were very peaceful and large. It seemed last week end that changed. It appears that change continues. My fear is the government will come down hard and become still more oppressive. Macron has, by all appearances, used his 'second in command' to deal with the protests. Including promising a six month moratorium on some of the taxes...

 Yellow, symbolically speaking

Yellow is the perfect colour for this protests; On one hand yellow suggests  happiness and optimism; it is the color of sun shining, bright light and creativity..

The Yellow Vests representing the positive attributes- sunshine, comradery, optimism and creativity..

In it’s negative connotation yellow represents the cowardly and deceptive.

Example: Macron is yellow. Or has a yellow streak. The negative aspect of the colour.

The protests can easily be interpreted as a message to the governing classes in all of Europe..

Why a yellow vest?
" They take their name from the yellow vests that drivers in France are required to keep in their cars, to be worn in the case of a breakdown. (They can be seen in the dark that way)"
Ironic

 Ironic that a piece of clothing made mandatory by the government has appeared enmasse to symbolize resistance to government/elite pillaging.

  From my own reading, including the information sent to me, this has all the appearances of a broad and popular protest. By that I mean it crosses the entire population save for the wealthy. 
Gallier 2 provided a link to this video. It's embedded below. It's 23 minutes in length. 
Why watch it?
Because it gives us all a good idea of the cross section of people out protesting. 
The younger crowd alongside the middle aged crowd. The rural. The city dweller.
The vast majority of the population is represented. Except for the wealthy, as mentioned.

See for yourself below:

 


Gallier2 had this to say:
"This one is in french only, sorry for that, but it has the advantage of being filmed inside the protests in Paris from last Saturday.(December 01/18) Even if you don't understand the questions and answers and other intervention, you can feel how unrelenting, desperate and ready people are"
Take the time to watch.
You can witness the state abuse against the people. Water cannons. Tear gas. I see some of the protestors throwing the tear gas grenades back at law enfarcement. You do understand the desperation of the people.

I tell ya, after all the years of covering Syria... the international hypocrisy is on full display. 
The international community doesn't condemn Macron for his blatant abuse of the people.
But regularly condemns Assad as he fights an international conspiracy to destroy Syria, that was falsely presented as a popular uprising from the beginning thru to this day. It was NOT a popular uprising. It began in Daraa: conveniently located/sharing a border with Israel and Jordan.
 Meanwhile, in France, Macron wields a violent and oppressive battle against his own people. Including gassing them. Shooting them. Etc,

Gallier2 provides context:
"As for the gilets jaunes, where to start?
It is imho indeed more than just about carbon tax. That tax was just the drop of water that broke the camels back (don't laugh that's the translation that google gave, see attached screen shot). France is one of the heaviest taxed countries in the world and adding insult to injury, this gouvernment increased a lot of taxes see [1] with a list for the 2018 tax hikes:
- Hausse de 1,7 point de la CSG (one of the most unjust taxs, it's a "solidarity" tax paid by everyone and is extremely felt by retired and jobless people)
I'm wondering if this tax is some sort of a flat tax- Paid by all, across the board.
- Hausse du taux de la taxe sur les métaux précieux de 10 % à 11 % (precious metal tax, not a big problem)
- Hausse des droits sur le tabac (tobacco tax, touches mostly lower classes)
- Hausse du tarif de la taxe sur les véhicules les plus polluants (tax on cars, touches lower classes the most even if it is dependend on the size of the car)
- Hausse de la taxe carbone (the carbon tax)
- Revalorisation des bases forfaitaires utilisées pour le calcul de la taxe d’aménagement rebaptisée taxe « abri de jardin » (that one is ridiculous, they now tax garden sheds)
Taxing garden sheds? Is this to deter the home gardener?
This are only the official taxes, what also happened is that they reduced the speed limit on main roads from 90km/h to 80km/h which automatically leads to an increase in incomes from fines, a tax by any other name (I've heard this morning that in the last three weeks, 4000 radar stations have been put out, i.e. more than 20% of the whole units and I can believe those numbers as there were many, many shares of pictures of occulted radar stations).
Contrary to the media perception, the movement is quite atypical in that it didn't involve the usual protesters at the beginning. The Unions, the Government and all the usual shit stirrers (antifa, black block, students, ethnic looters, etc.) were not at the start of the thing. It was ordinary working class moms & paps , retired people, lower wage people, farmers and small business people of the provinces.

The thing with France, that most foreigners do not grasp, is the huge divide there is between the Paris (and 2 or 3 other big cities) and the rest of the country. The part about the riots in Paris on saturdays are only the visible manifestation of the that "enough is enough" sentiment. In the "province" (i.e. not Paris), the protests go on every day and that now for nearly 3 weeks.
It is in general relatively peaceful and only blocking of roads and things like that happe, but the more it goes, the more violent it will get. People are now fed up, the politics do not grasp what's going on, the mainstream media is completely discredited. 
As for the violences in Paris, they are of course in the focus of the international media but it is obvious that they are instigated by the police forces. They charge violently with illegal ordinance, they infiltrated several agents provocateurs (see links and attached files) and also the usual riotters like black blocks who always manage magically to come through the police barrages without problems"
Image of protestor shot with a rubber bullet?

Here- That's gotta hurt!

But it's worse still. Possible sniper activity?
Videos of a protester that was shot by a sniper. Complete silence about that incident from the 24th november. If you watch carefuly you can see a tracer bullet that whizzes by when he falls on his knees, which means they shot him with a semi-auto gun.
There are a number of videos at the link below- Yes, I watched them. Hubby and I both did.
More then one  of the videos at the link. More then one time. It sure looks to me as if that protestor was shot. You can see the tracer bullet. Go through the videos, please.

 
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gilet+jaune+tu%C3%A9+en+direct

The rest of us need to understand that the french people are legitimately angered and that we should be supporting them in their cause. Perhaps we can purchase yellow vests and display them or wear them? What a terrific message that would be, globally. What do you all think?

To be continued....

Part 2 and 3 are now available:

Pt.2: Gilet Jaunes/Yellow Vests Are Visible to Jupiter

Pt.3: Gilet Jaunes/Yellow Vests: Erasing the Middle Class from Existence


 Related:

Fuel Poverty: It's Not Just France's Problem As Excess Winter Deaths Rise


30 comments:

  1. I read through a list of their demands. Ignoring the details they do partly address the issue mass migration into France, e.g. start dealing with the problems at the source, which I assume means the Zionist wars in the Middle East. However France was a target of "Kalergiesque" mass migration from other parts of the world long before 9/11 and the fake War on Terror. So this demand is misdirection, as worst.

    I saw no mention of membership of the EU as a source of France's ills; no mention of taking back control of their own currency. In fact I suspect many of their demands are impossible to attain if they stay within the EU.

    I sympathize with their anger (we're suffering unnecessary austerity in the UK aswell) but I suspect their leadership is using them,or being used in turn, to distract from the key issue of (((bankster))) control, especially as expressed through membership of the EU.

    For example, the demands mention taxes and changes to that system. This is more misdirection. Raising or lowering taxes is a fake "left vs right" narrative -- yes, some changes are useful but, frankly, the money has always been there. It just goes to the banksters and their wars. Plus, if France took control of their own currency then then could directly end inequality.

    From my POV, the very fact that a colour symbol is now associated with this movement already makes it suspect in my eyes. I'll continue to support their protests but I think it is already captured and manipulated. If I'm wrong, then their demands totally miss the key problem.

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    1. Hey anonymous:
      There hasn't been much if anything substantial made in the way of demands from my reading/

      I did see reports of a frexit being asked for in the media just yesterday.

      The colour symbol is less an issue for me at this time
      the french people are required to have the yellow high vis vests in their vehicles- which tells us they all have them.

      It seems the psycho elites are trying to capture their protests- using the usual provocateurs- that's mentioned by my friends- not good

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    2. I was pointed to this list of demands...

      https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/france-bleu/demands-of-frances-yellow-vests-as-uploaded-by-france-bleu-november-29

      There is always the notion that if the mainstream is pushing a story -- highlighting an event -- then that by itself is suspect. We have to remain sceptical about all movements and revolutions that are televised because the real one will not be ;)

      It doesn't mean not showing sympathy and support, just remaining alert to being manipulated.

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    3. I saw no mention of membership of the EU as a source of France's ills; no mention of taking back control of their own currency. In fact I suspect many of their demands are impossible to attain if they stay within the EU.

      That's because you get your info only through the filtered press and media.
      That subject is readily discussed, given in a lot of interviews. Interestingly, these issues have been brought up in mainstream media everytime a yellow vest happens to be interviewed. In the last 3 weeks, it's like a dam broke and all the libelous characterisations (conspi nut, antisemit, facho, right winger, etc.) do not work anymore. The TV hosts are overwhelmed by the expression of truth.

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    4. "That's because you get your info only through the filtered press and media."

      Do I? The list I checked was on a site called "OpenDemocracy"; maybe that site is controlled, I dunno, but I certainly don't read mainstream sources anymore.

      " In the last 3 weeks, it's like a dam broke and all the libelous characterisations (conspi nut, antisemit, facho, right winger, etc.) do not work anymore. The TV hosts are overwhelmed by the expression of truth."

      If the people are no longer afraid of speaking the truth then that is a good sign. Here in the UK, everyone now self-censors, even within families.

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    5. Do I? Of course I don't know where you get your infos from and my formulation was indeed a bit ambiguous, when not even a little bit rude. Sorry for that.
      This said, the ideas that Macron is only a puppet of the Brussels, NATO and trans-atlantic powers, are expressed quite a lot in the alt-media in France and recently it trickles out even in mainstream media and that is quite a new phenomenon.
      The zionists are in panic also, this could be seen by the reactions of BHL, Attali and other of their agents.

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    6. Okay, I was forced to read over the list of demands again (someone pricked my conscience) and I must admit I did miss this nugget...

      "- leave EU and NATO"

      That is start to get to the heart of the problem, i.e. the people will not be able to implement their changes until they free themselves from the banksters running the EU, and take control of their own Central Bank and currency at home.

      Perhaps I am being too skeptical.

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  2. Penny, you might get your wish to have a Canadian sympathy protest, judging from the comments below this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5GbjCf1wgo

    I do find it a tad hard to believe this is about taxes. We in Canada are taxed on everything we buy, garden sheds included. I'm thinking that in France it's more about immigration and anti-Islam. Or as the guy says in this video, about protecting French culture.

    From my experience at Montebello when we protested the SPP, one of the things they will have to watch out for is police infiltration encouraging violence and an excuse for police to come down hard on the protesters. The Black Bloc in Quebec was made out to be evil, but they were just a bunch of kids that the Quebec cops infiltrated for their own nefarious reasons.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S1nHvvkzvA

    The union blowhards took credit for exposing the cops, but it was the kids trying hard to tell them and being ignored because were, well, black bloc, eh?

    I'm curious: how did this protest get started. Was it through social media?

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    1. As said. The tax hike is only the straw that broke the camels back. The immigration is definitely a big reason, another one, is the incredible hubris and disconnection that Macron and his political party have shown in the last two years (Benalla affair, pictures with queer black dudes, humiliation by Trump, preposterous expenses from his mummy-wife and from his whole gouvernment, etc.)
      Penny will certainly talk about in Pt.2

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    2. Gallier2: Are you speaking for Penny now? Everybody knew what Macron was when he ran for King.

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    3. Here a new video, showing a bunch of infiltrators
      https://www.facebook.com/1885129401722012/videos/272065993492824/
      All the guys with helmets and red armscarfs are police.

      One yellow vest says that they were stripped of their helmets, masks and stuff. If someone has a helmet/rods and other weaponry IS infiltrated by the police.

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  3. Off topic, but just to say big thanks for the meaning of the colour yellow. I've been pondering a dream I had a few months ago where I was in an antique/second-hand shop, and the woman at the desk told me that the only way out was through the yellow door. I think I know now what the dream was telling me. In more recent dreams I keep trying to open a door (not yellow) and something outside keeps pushing it closed. So, there's a lesson in there somewhere.:-)

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  4. I think as Gallier said the taxes were the straw that broke the camels back- not the drop of water.

    So this is not really about taxes, it's about generally being fed up with oppression and impoverishment in general

    "As for the gilets jaunes, where to start?
    It is imho indeed more than just about carbon tax. That tax was just the drop of water that broke the camels back (don't laugh that's the translation that google
    gave, see attached screen shot). France is one of the heaviest taxed countries in the world"


    So, I think the final dumping of taxes could have been the impetus- poverty runs high in France- same as here.
    and only Italy is taxed more then France- both nations are taxed more heavily then Canada- there was an article in the globe and mail documenting this..

    Not sure how it started. I don't think social media was a big factor initially. Remember this has been ongoing for four weeks already- and the media has only really started covering the last two weeks- Personally, I think this is because the state has been able to implant the provocateurs into the protests... giving them a narrative of violence they can promote

    read the 2nd part from Gallier 2's information
    I've still more info to post from Gallier the elder
    and hopefully one or both of them can come along and give us more commentary

    They've been with me from the beginning of my starting this blog....

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    1. When there such a visible symbol when there are upheavels, it is tempting to ascribe the implantation of that symbol to some nefarious preplanned plot (conspiracy), like the typical CIA/Sorosian colour revolution. In this specific case of the yellow vest, I haven't yet seen any credible evidence of something like that.
      The first time I heard about yellow vest protests was on facebook at the beginning of november. People were supposed to put their yellow vest visibly under their windshields to protest against the increase of radar controls (the 80 km/h thing which is useless for saving lives (proven by Denmark), but very practical to collect fines).
      Two things were notable with this campaign, it came from the more popular crowd of my facebook friends, and it increased steadily but surely, quite differently from the usual "quick hype quickly forgotten" cycle there is usually.
      The farmers started one action in mid november where they went out everywhere with their tractors, some had the fun idea of spreading manure on political entities like prefectures and tax offices. This action kicked the whole thing in high gear and the first protest in Paris on saturday 17th took everyone by surprise. What was not anticipated by the gouvernment was that contrary to usual protests, yellow vest went directly to the highly symbolic Champs-Elysées/Place de l'Etoile as it never happened before. Protests in Paris were usually always from Bastille to Nation. This completely took the gvnmt by surprise (this means that the yv are not the usual crowd).

      Ok back to my first subject. I haven't seen evidence that the symbolic nature of the yellow vest was directed from outside. There was one rumour that circulated that the domain giletsjaunes.com was registered the day after Macron became president. Checking that info shows that it is true, and calling the website will bring you an empty page. But researching with the wayback machine showes that the site was active several years ago and was about the protests against the school reforms of former president Hollande.
      There I remembered that my niece was very big in that school reform protest and that they wore the yellow vest already at that time. She was even in local TV news. Yeah, yellow vests were already used for other protests before.
      Here a random article from 2014
      Note the vests
      https://www.francetvinfo.fr/societe/education/rythmes-scolaires/rythmes-scolaires-qui-sont-les-irreductibles-opposants-a-la-reforme_687361.html
      The renewal of domain happened to fall coincidentally with the new President.

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    2. Here a link to the domain story (in French sorry, but yandex translates really good into english)
      https://reseauinternational.net/pourquoi-le-nom-de-domaine-giletsjaunes-com-a-ete-depose-le-lendemain-de-linvestiture-de-macron/?fbclid=IwAR147ZWUpiDkKwi3Do7P-mHS9DgGtuZROJGeyv2LLuUJd53rZJCgtDveL1Q

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  5. Just so long as we recognize that these protesters (and Canadians who plan to support them) are not "liberal" in any sense of the word. They are right wing, anti-immigration, likely Le Pen supporters - she certainly supports them. And if it happens in Canada - and it does appear that it will - the Conservative Party will make use of it to win the next election - or Maxime's bunch may well pick up speed (he may have had a clue the France thing was coming). Look at the number of signatures he's got on his anti-immigration petition.
    https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1906
    The Global Compact for Migration:
    https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

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    1. Le Pen is controlled opposition; it is as easy as pie to research that family's links with Zionism.

      What do you mean by "liberal" for tis the so-called liberals that conspired to drown the West with migrants? "Liberals" now means Marxist in this crazy Orwellian world. I'm against globalist-organized mass migration; migration itself is a natural human endeavour.

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    2. liberal:
      1. a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
      2. having political or social views favouring reform and progress
      3. tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition

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    3. Yes, but how does the Orwellian dictionary define "liberal" -- I don't think that word means what you think it means, anymore ;)

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    4. You asked what I mean by "liberal" and I told you. As far as I know there is no Orwellian dictionary. There's a list of newspeak but it doesn't contain the word liberal. Orwell himself was thought to be a Leftie. As long as the West is hellbent on reducing other people's countries to ratsh*t, it should take responsibility for families who no longer have a safe home. That's not liberalism, however, that's humanitarianism. By the way, I'm more of an anarchist than anything, which means that in general, I support anybody's right to do and live as they see fit, so long as they can handle the fallout. Over my lifetime I've noticed that quite often what goes around comes around.

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  6. Donald Trump Throws His Support Behind Paris Protesters
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/08/donald-trump-throws-support-behind-paris-yellow-vest-protests/?li_source=LI&li_medium=li-recommendation-widget

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  7. I'm not as fluent in english as my little brother Gallier2 but I will try, and I hope it will be understandable.

    To understand what is happening in France, we must take into account the influence that neoliberal policy (a policy advocated by the European Commission which, in fact, legislates without popular support) has developed in the Member States of the European Union and the impoverishment of the masses which is exploding in some countries of this "Union". It should not be forgotten that in 2005 the French had refused in a referendum (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_French_European_Constitution_referendum) the draft constitution of the European Union. But President Sarkozy signed the Lisbon Treaty at the end of 2007 (which fully incorporates what was in the draft European Constitution and which the French people had refused. see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Lisbon). The average Frenchman is patient, perhaps even indolent, but you should avoid pushing him to the limit and looking down on him. This is what the last three presidents of the "Republic" have done. The people are on the street, and it is not by bludgeoning them that they will be sent home.

    Gallier the Elder

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  8. Just a little remark (I haven't read the article completely). There are now english subtitles in Vincent Lapierre's video.

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  9. Hi Penny...I've been following this twitter user:
    https://twitter.com/Syrian_Lion
    A lot of raw video. Thanks Gallier(s) for more understanding. Be safe and may you all have total Victory.

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    1. Also here is some confirmation of Gallier explainations:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRyxWct0yhM
      CROSSTALK: FRANCE GOES YELLOW

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    2. Yes, thank you. Indeed a good Crosstalk.
      A little bit annoyed Lavels rude interruptions of the Sociologist from Luxemburg (granted, he tended to be a little long winded in his explanations).
      But everything that was said was quite interesting and accurate.

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    3. Yes, I found the crosstalk good as well and will be posting it in Part 3

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  10. I'm going to talk on some of the comments in the next post-
    Still swamped
    Thanks everyone!
    To the two galliers thanks for shedding more light on the topic. :)

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  11. I'm going to say something, and then just butt out. What I'm seeing are some anonymous commenters who claim to know the mind (not minds) of "the French people". I live in Canada - and I don't try to hide my identity - and have years of serious street activism behind me going back to 2001, but I would never presume to speak for "the Canadian people". Protests are made up of groups who come together on a certain issue and may not agree at all on many aspects of the situation. Not all of France, by a long shot, is even out on the streets, and those who are out there cannot possibly be of the exact same mind or motivation.

    The French aren't "a proud people"; they're individuals like everyone else and they have different motivations. Enough of them actually voted for Macron that he got elected.

    I asked a simple question: how did this get started? Where did the call-out come from? "The French people" did not just suddenly walk out their doors grabbing their yellow vests on the way and find that there were other people doing the same thing as well. It takes organizers, and not all of those organizers come at it from the same perspective, and some have very self-serving and devious motives. In Canada, when the call-outs came they were through various organizations with similar, though not necessarily identical, mindsets and purposes. It's not enough to just say "the French people" are fed up. I'm also reading that the fuel tax has been rescinded, yet they're still out there, and not anywhere near the numbers and singular focus that protested in Catalonia, for instance, quite a number of whom are now on hunger strikes out of desperation.

    Okay, I'm going to tend to my own blog, and my move to a new apartment, so I won't be back here for a while. You can talk about me, if you like. My very best to you, Penny.



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    1. Yaya:Gallier2 explained the beginnings of the movement, to his knowledge, in one of his responses:

      "The first time I heard about yellow vest protests was on facebook at the beginning of november. People were supposed to put their yellow vest visibly under their windshields to protest against the increase of radar controls (the 80 km/h thing which is useless for saving lives (proven by Denmark), but very practical to collect fines).
      Two things were notable with this campaign, it came from the more popular crowd of my facebook friends, and it increased steadily but surely, quite differently from the usual "quick hype quickly forgotten" cycle there is usually.
      The farmers started one action in mid november where they went out everywhere with their tractors, some had the fun idea of spreading manure on political entities like prefectures and tax offices. This action kicked the whole thing in high gear and the first protest in Paris on saturday 17th took everyone by surprise. What was not anticipated by the gouvernment was that contrary to usual protests, yellow vest went directly to the highly symbolic Champs-Elysées/Place de l'Etoile as it never happened before. Protests in Paris were usually always from Bastille to Nation. This completely took the gvnmt by surprise (this means that the yv are not the usual crowd).


      I'd first read about the protests starting about 4 weeks ago in the french press. They didn't get coverage, until about two weeks ago in our media.

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