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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.

France | ‘Yellow vest’ protests against Macron snarl traffic across France

Thousands of people blocked roads across France Saturday in a “yellow vest” movement against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into widespread protest against stagnant spending power under President Emmanuel Macron.

Tempers flared as some drivers tried to force their way through demonstrators, and one protester was killed when a woman panicked and accidently rammed into a crowd.

France | New Caledonia after the referendum “Sooner or later, we will have independence”

A referendum was organized on November 4 in New Caledonia. Voters were asked to answer the question, “Do you want New Caledonia to become a fully sovereign and independent country?” The higher circles announced a landslide No vote against independence. Some polls had even predicted a hefty 75% No vote. But finally, only 56.4% out of the 141,099 voters put a No ballot slip in the box.