French President Emmanuel Macron hid inside presidential palace as Paris burns around him
As Paris exploded with further protests and riots this weekend over French President Emmanuel Macron’s liberal policies, France’s so-called leader was hiding behind the majestic walls of his presidential palace as the streets of the capital erupted in fury.
Almost 1,400 people were arrested across France on Saturday after angry protests turned to violent riots.
In an attempt to avoid a repeat of last weekend’s mayhem, 8,000 police were deployed to Paris who repeatedly pushed back protesters using tear gas and water cannons.
As angry citizens battled with authorities over policies pushed by the Macron Administration, the president skulked inside the Elysee Palace, guarded by hundreds of riot police and surrounded by armored cars bearing machine guns and grenade launchers.
This formidable ring of steel may seem excessive, but given the chance, the mobs would have surely tried to storm inside to demand answers from the man who is tearing their country apart.
It appears that this time the revolutionary spirit was catching, as protests also erupted in Marseilles, France’s second-largest city, and in Brussels.
Around mid-morning on Saturday in Paris, police began trying to “control” the crowds and started by throwing tear gas at a group of “yellow vest” protesters milling outside the Flora Danica brasserie on the Champs-Elysees.
Someone picked up a canister and threw it back at the police.
Another was booted away and, as it spun down the boulevard, a light breeze caught the smoke, lifting it above the trees festooned with Christmas lights.
“Take that, Macron,” cried one protester.
The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting “We Want Trump!” Love France.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018
The liberal agenda
If the rest of the world wants to use a crystal ball to see where the global liberal agenda is heading, then we need only take a look at France.
Along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Macron is leading the way in the push for globalist policies.
The introduction of the new “Climate Tax” in France is almost like a test bed for other nations.
Macron’s government claims the new taxes are meant to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement – which President Donald Trump protected his country from by withdrawing the United States.
The taxes are applied to fossil fuels to force people to switch to expensive electric cars.
The new policy only hurts the working lower and middle classes, however, who already struggle with the high costs of living in France, and especially Paris.
And while hard-working French citizens are footing the bill for these new liberal policies, ex-Rothschild banker Macron is handing out tax cuts to the top 1%.
Yellow Vest protests
The yellow vests were originally worn by workers upset about petrol tax increases, declining living standards and diminished rights.
But their protest has since swelled into a massive, amorphous rebellion.
The demands of interest groups vary but all are united in wanting both Mr. Macron’s resignation and an emergency election.
The government agreed to suspend fuel tax increases for at least six months to defuse the rioting, but citizens have been unsatisfied as it’s only prolonging the inevitable.
When Macron was elected, he was cast by other globalist leaders as the “savior of Europe” and praised for “saving” France from the populist tide.
Yet, as his presidential term unfolded and he surrounded himself with a team of technocrats, he was accused of ignoring the masses.
His tax policy, it was argued, made him the “president of the rich.”
His approval ratings plummeted.
And last week, as protests reached boiling point, Macron chose to stay out of the public eye, preferring instead to hold closed-door meetings in the Elysee Palace, seen by many as his ivory tower.
Sheltering from tear gas in the doorway of a bank, one protester, Samuel, 28, said: “Make no mistake, Macron has become the focus of anger and I can’t see all this ending until he falls.
“What you are seeing here today is a little revolution.
“Whether it gets bigger only time will tell.”
VIDEO: A Starbucks coffee shop in central Paris is attacked as riot police clash with “yellow vest” demonstrators in the latest demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron pic.twitter.com/fhADq2mQqD
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 8, 2018
Another day of violence in Paris
On Saturday, just after dawn, the first protesters headed for the Arc de Triomphe, that was defaced during the previous week’s demonstration.
They found it ringed with police cars and vans and officers clad in protective clothing standing sternly behind riot shields.
The authorities clearly prepared for another weekend of clashes.
Elsewhere there had already been 350 arrests before midday.
Baseball bats, hammers and gas canisters were confiscated by police.
Metal petanque balls were found, adding a Gallic touch to the arsenal.
On the Avenue Kleber, which was heavily targeted last week, its residents’ luxury cars torched, nervousness prevailed.
Some were vacating the grand old apartment buildings and heading off to stay with friends and family.
“We thought that nothing could be as bad as last Saturday,” said 39-year-old Fouzia Robert, an investment banker.
“But we are told that today will be as bad, possibly more violent. I’m going to the country.”
At that moment, 21 riot police vans began thundering past.
Much of Paris looked like a ghost town, with museums and stores closed on what should have been a busy pre-Christmas shopping day.
Tourists were scarce and residents were advised to stay at home if possible.
Dozens of streets were closed to traffic, while the Eiffel Tower and museums such as the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou were shut.
At midday on the Champs-Elysees, now filled with clouds of tear gas, thousands were squaring up to the riot police who stopped them marching on Macron’s palace.
Having first boxed the protesters into the boulevard, officers later chased them into side streets.
High above, disappearing in and out of grey clouds, a police helicopter circled.
As it did in previous weeks, the middle of the afternoon brought sinister elements on to the front line.
The chanting suddenly gave way to violence.
By nightfall, protesters were back on the Champs-Elysees, fighting pitched battles with police among the Christmas lights.
In response to tear gas, they let off flares.
“This is what happens when you govern against your people,” said one protester.
“It’s a lesson for Macron – but I think it’s one he may have learned too late.”
Nearly 500 miles away in Marseilles, police brought armoured vehicles on to the streets as a 2,000-strong protest turned violent.
The city center was taken over by marauding gangs of youths as they smashed bank windows, looted and set Christmas trees ablaze.
In Brussels, protesters threw paving stones, road signs, fireworks, flares and other objects at police blocking their entry to an area where government buildings and the parliament are located.
And while the streets resemble something closer to a war zone than a civilized society, France’s “leader,” President Macron, is nowhere to be seen.
Vive la France.