Macron Under Siege as Tough Stance Against ‘yellow vests’ Backfires…


Some of the highlights from today’s protests in France are quite remarkable.  Additionally, it seems indicative of an inflection point for Reuters to point out that Macron’s current approach toward the Yellow Vests is only making things worse….  Strange times.

PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron intended to start the new year on the offensive against the ‘yellow vest’ protesters. Instead, the French president is reeling from more violent street demonstrations.

What began as a grassroots rebellion against diesel taxes and the high cost of living has morphed into something more perilous for Macron – an assault on his presidency and French institutions.

The anti-government protesters on Saturday used a forklift truck to force their way into a government ministry compound, torched cars near the Champs Elysees and in one violent skirmish on a bridge over the Seine punched and kicked riot police officers to the ground.  (read more)

A Twitter user named Sotiri Dimpinoudis follows the granular events throughout France and posts ongoing video to his twitter account.   Some of the video is quite remarkable.

Generally the protests seem loosely organized, but nationwide around 50,000 to 80,000 people today according to Reuters. The protests are generally peaceful; then, later in the day, the police arrive to remove them and things turn confrontational and violent.

By the time dusk arrives most of the ordinary Yellow Vest protesters have returned home; and that’s when it seems like smaller agitating groups start burning things.

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: Up to 100 protestors marching in in seeing closing an highway!

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: Picture of First protestors arriving in the French town of to go and prrotest in . pic.twitter.com/pHxjokDcEe

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: Already up to 800 to 900 protestors are gathering in in .

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: Around 80 protestors are in the very small town of in to protest today.

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: Pictures of Hundreds of in the French town of at the the “theatre square” ahead of todays protests in ! pic.twitter.com/dV5bddwltS

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: Video Up to 120 protestors in in closed the highway!

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: Pictures Already up to 1700 to 2000 protestors are in in . pic.twitter.com/z1yw0GhN0J

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: Video of thousands of protestors in in marching.

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: Another Video of thousands of protestors in in marching. pic.twitter.com/oCQCmWs63K

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: Video of in on the are taking the protests up on to the streets .

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: Video of up to 2000 of in the French town of marching peaceful ! pic.twitter.com/taKVGkwzlD

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: Pictures of About 250 of protestors show up in
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: Video around 1100 to 1800 of are now in accross on the ground according to local news sources in . pic.twitter.com/S1sGHf234m

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: The Protestors are Claching with the police in in of protests. The first tear gas has been thrown.

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: The women of the protestors in have made a food stop booth in ! pic.twitter.com/O6HHUZr6zm

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: Thousands are gathering in the City of in , Match day is also over! protestors marching.

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: Pictures Of thousands of protestors in streets are packed . pic.twitter.com/tdfB6pQWuX

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: Pictures Of thousands of protestors in streets are packed .

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: Video of the Streets in are packed full of protestors in the French Capital of , This is a huge protest… pic.twitter.com/jq67QGroRG

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: The protests in are already up to 8000 to 10000 stong!

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: He is going viral! They are calling him the flying RAMBO and un afraid of the CRS police in ! That is one though protestor. pic.twitter.com/dtni0gyNNi

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