France: Massive fuel tax protests descend into violence

France: Massive fuel tax protests descend into violence
Fuel tax protest on the Champs-Elysees. YouTube, Le Parisien video

[Ed. – This is actually pretty big.  There’s no evidence it’s being organized by a political faction, and the protesters who talk to the media sound very much like the regulation and tax situation is in fact what they are fed up with.]

Thousands of demonstrators from all over France massed on the famous boulevard on Saturday to express their anger at the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and his government. But what was supposed to be a peaceful protest by the gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) movement degenerated rapidly.

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“We’re here because we’ve had enough,” said Joel Mouilleseaux, 24, a student. “It’s always the same people who have to pay for the madness of others. We have to work to pay, work some more to pay some more and it’s been like that for years. It’s been like it since I was born, president after president, and now we’re saying, that’s enough.” …

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Bruno Binelli, 66, a retired carpenter from Lyon, said: … “[T]hey don’t listen to us. Macron listens to nothing. He’s suddenly concerned about ecology, but it’s a lie: it’s a pretext to make us pay more tax. We no longer know what kind of car to buy: petrol, diesel, electric, who knows? I have a little diesel van and I don’t have the money to buy a new one, especially as I’m about to retire. We have the feeling those from the countryside are forgotten.”

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