On Monday, December 10, 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron addressed his nation. The speech was made after the fourth consecutive weekend of violent riots by Yellow Vest protestors.
After the massive and unruly political demonstrations, the French president met with unions, business leaders, and lawmakers. The pandemonium initiated in improvised provinces and migrated toward the French capital city of Paris.
NBC reported that Macron was then expected to issue an address on television concerning a negative public outlook of his administration. He was accused of inaction concerning the national crisis related to his fiscal reforms. The list of pessimistic factors included a gas tax rise that the French government agreed to postpone a week earlier.
The French Interior Minister stated that 135,000 rioters marched in the streets on Saturday, Dec. 8; 10,000 in Paris, and 125,000 in other French municipalities. Two thousand members of the mob were arrested, 264 people were wounded, and 39 people that were wounded were police officers.
The mass numbers of public authorities that were deployed were sent in response to the gilets jaunes movement, which was named after the safety vests that French motorists are mandated to carry in their vehicles.
The greater coups against the Macron presidency in France originated as a revolt against the rise of gas taxes. The presidency has been in office for 18 months. A November 2018 poll reported that the president’s approval rating in France was at a low of 26 percent.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that intimidating investors and had removed 0.1 percent off of the nation’s GDP this fiscal quarter. The street violence and rioting were frightening tourists, as well.
La Maire stated that it is the president’s position to unify the Western European nation. The country is currently significantly divided.
Past Riots in France
On July 14, 1789, an angry mob sieged the Bastille fortress by force. The militant sect stormed the fortress to secure weapons and gunpowder. Historians largely consider the event as the commencement of the French Revolution, or the Coup De Estate.
The massive wave of revolutionaries quickly spread throughout the 18th-century countryside in the nation. Members of the lowest rung of the Third Estate, or the commoner class, pillaged in the streets. Also, they scorched the residents of tax collectors, landlords, and the rest of the second estate, or the seigniorial elite class.
The first phase of the French Revolution was known as the Great Fear. The national political movement greatly increased the exodus of the massive number of nobles from France. It then led to the abolishment of feudalism, the creation of the National Assembly, the first form of a republic in the history of France.
Historian Georges Lefebvre later titled the abolishment of the feudal order as the death certificate of the old order. The old order in France was abolished on Aug. 4, 1789.
Bloomberg reported that the Mediterranean country is centering their attention to the portion of their population that is being overlooked. The underclasses of France have been neglected in the international 2010s financial crisis.
By John A. Federico
Edited Cathy Milne-Ware
NBC: Macron to address France after protests see 135,000 on streets
History.com: French Revolution
Bloomberg: How Emmanuel Macron Can Stop the Paris Riots
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