Category Archives: France

France | Update and Analysis on the Political Situation in France

In this Dossier:

(1) Do Macron and [Prime Minister] Philippe Really Think They Can Get Away With It?

2) What Is the “Yellow Vests” Movement?

3) Trade Unions Come to the Fore … on Working-Class Grounds

France | France’s Macron Announces Pseudo Raise of Minimum Wage

Political opponents, who have largely failed so far to tap into the discontent from the leaderless “yellow vest,” criticized Macron’s response as insufficient.

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further concessions meant to defuse weeks of often violent protests that have challenged his authority.

France | France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

by Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira

For the fourth consecutive Saturday, “yellow vest” (gilet jaunes) protestors demonstrated yesterday across France against the rightwing government of Emmanuel Macron. They did so in defiance of ominous threats of state violence and a massive mobilization of security forces.

France | French PM confirms fuel tax suspensions, calls for calm

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Tuesday new concessions to “yellow vest” protesters, including the suspension for six months of planned tax increases raising the price of fuel.

“No tax merits putting the unity of the nation in danger,” Philippe said in a televised address, adding that the anger on the streets “originates from a profound injustice: of not being able to live with dignity from one’s work”.

France | French president bans fuel tax protest in Paris as strikes expand

by Alex Lantier

As the government of French President Emanuel Macron moved to ban protests against its fuel tax increase, strikes and demonstrations in support of the protest movement spread across France yesterday.

At present, the Facebook pages associated with the fuel tax protests, referring to themselves as “yellow vests,” have defied the government order and are maintaining calls for protests at Place de la Concorde. Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part at the capital from cities and towns across the country for the second successive Saturday. There are growing rumors that railway workers will allow demonstrators to travel by train to the capital for free. They will be met by thousands of riot officers and police dispatched by the government of President Emmanuel Macron.