Macron’s popularity dips as French fuel tax revolt simmers

From Reuters

November 18, 2018 / 6:26 AM / a day ago

PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron’s popularity took a further hit in recent weeks, according to a poll on Sunday, as fuel tax protests rumbled on across France in the latest sign of discontent with the president’s economic reforms.

Only 25 percent of those questioned in an Ifop poll between Nov. 9 and 17 said they were satisfied with Macron, down from 29 percent in October, according to the survey of almost 2,000 people published in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD).

Macron, who came to power 18 months ago vowing to reshape the economy and overhaul institutions, has brushed off slumping ratings to push through a series of reforms, including a loosening of laws governing hiring and firing.

His government introduced fuel tax hikes to encourage drivers to embrace less-polluting cars, touching a nerve with voters in rural areas in particular as the extra cost began to bite in October when global oil prices surged.

Angry motorists and other demonstrators, many accusing Macron of being out of touch with ordinary people, blocked roads across France on Saturday in a grassroots campaign dubbed the “Yellow Vests” that drew nearly 288,000 protesters.

More than 400 people were injured, 14 of them seriously, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, with some frustrated drivers trying to ram through blockades, and at least 157 people were taken into police custody.

A woman protester died when she was accidentally hit by a panicked driver at one blockade.

Some maintained protests on highway slip-roads, tolls and roundabouts on Sunday.

In another Ifop poll in the JDD on Sunday, 62 percent of those surveyed said the government should prioritize policies to help household incomes even if it meant advancing more slowly on measures to fight climate change.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who said on Sunday he was sensitive to the sense of abandonment expressed by some protesters, stressed that the government would not back down on its fuel tax plans.

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86 thoughts on “Macron’s popularity dips as French fuel tax revolt simmers

  1. A chance for me to repeat my question, What is the role of France?
    The UK is often criticised for not knowing its place in the world since the loss of our Empire. But that is clearly unfair. We are pop culture masters, financial experts and innovators. We have an empire of the mind. At least in our own minds.

    But France has no such consolation. Its language is no longer the lingua franca. Its revolutionary ideals were superseded by numerous other movements. Its soft power has dwindled as much as its hard power.

    What role does France play?
    •A counter-weight to Germany or a junior partner? Only at the sufferance of those East of the Rhine.
    •An alternative to Anglo-Saxon commercialism? Even their own young aren’t buying that.
    •A cultural wonder adorning the world? Not since WW1 has Paris been relevant. It seems even its cuisine has lost its distinctive crown.

    To understand France you need to feel their sense of decliné. They are lost.
    Their great tumults came to nothing. Their Revolutions and Reigns of Terror were mere footnotes in History. Not the High Peaks of mankind’s Liberation. What a waste! What a Loss! What’s the cause?

    Probably the English. We have always been just that little bit too much for them.

    • They are a cultural anchor. Why do so many menus use French phrases? Their wine and cheese is excellent too.

      They are a very entrepreneurial bunch, if it wasn’t for their overly heavy government they would be quite a formidable country.

      Their language is also the most beautiful in the world, and with English make up the only two languages worth learning.

      • They are a lighthouse country for nuclear power: 40% of total electricity production is nuclear and this is growing towards a planned 50%. Nice clean, reliable, affordable, zero CO2 producing electricity. Hhmmm lovely
        Macron is being forced by the EU apparatsik led by Angela Merkel to hike taxes on fuel. In reality he has only one real problem in his country: more than 500 lawless, chaotic areas where police cannot go in any more. These areas who are eufemistically calles “sensitive areas” are suburbs full of criminal islamic immigrants who are hellbent on destroying France. Because he is an exteme-leftist he does not dare to attack this problem out of “colonial guilt”. The appeaser will be eaten by the crocodile..

          • Your link was from early in 2014 when it was in vogue for liberal/globalist news outlets to debunk the “myth” of “no go zones.” It worked for awhile, but not anymore for those who delve into the subject with an open mind.

            As just one example, consider the 2016 ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp) video easily found on Youtube. It sent a crew to a Stockholm suburb to debunk the claim. The police refused to accompany the crew beyond the entrance. Within seconds of arrival a car brushed one of the camera crew. As the film crew entered a plaza there was a little dialogue, with a great deal of yelling followed by low level assault (pushing, kicking). The crew retreated and the segment was broadcasted and the claim there are no “no go” zones withered. Get with the program!

          • Geography 101 for Davie…. Stockholm is not in France. Furthermore, please provide a link that shows the “more than 500 lawless, chaotic areas where police cannot go in any more.” as posted by huls.

          • Dave Burton: You should tell the French Police that no-go zones do not exist.

            Every year thousand of cars are burned in the French banlieus.

          • Dave Burton. I would say that riots are a hallmark of zones sensibles (the French euphemism for no-go zones).

            Have you forgotten the frequent attacks on gendarmes, ambulance crew and firefighters?

          • DAVE BURTON YOU ARE QUITE SIMPLY DEAD WRONG

            https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5128/france-no-go-zones

            That link is almost 4 years old and the situation 4 years later is even worse.

            The number of 500 sounds way too high but:

            “A 120-page research paper entitled “No-Go Zones in the French Republic: Myth or Reality?” documented dozens of French neighborhoods “where police and gendarmerie cannot enforce the Republican order or even enter without risking confrontation, projectiles, or even fatal shootings.”

            “The report also showed how the problem is being exacerbated by radical Muslim preachers who are promoting the social marginalization of Muslim immigrants in order to create a parallel Muslim society in France that is ruled by Sharia law.”

            “The television presenter asks: “What if we went to the suburbs?” Obertone replies: “I do not recommend this. Not even we French dare go there anymore. But nobody talks about this in public, of course. Nor do those who claim, ‘long live multiculturalism,’ and ‘Paris is wonderful!’ dare enter the suburbs.”

            WE ARE WITNESSING THE SUICIDE OF EUROPE

          • The latest linked article mentions that sensitive areas (not necessarily no go zones ) is actually around 1500. I would venture to guess that a sensitive area (as apart from a no go zone where there are at least 750 and perhaps closer to 800 by now) is an area where it will forever be impossible to elect a non muslim from that area to a local council. So that means there are approximately 700 sensitive areas and 800 no go zones. Sensitive areas always eventually turn to no go zones, so the situation just becomes worse with time.

          • The Geller report website has announced that Google will not host any ads on their site and Google Adsense has effectively banned them even though Google themselves has not. The Geller report is not some wacko website that spins fairy tales. If they cant get ad revenue from Google, that means that Google is helping to assist the suicide of Europe. Also. Facebook and Twitter have blocked and shadow banned The Geller reports accounts. That means that Facebook and Twitter are also assisting in the suicide of Europe. Indeed 97% of the main stream media in the West is assisting in the suicide of Europe.

          • The leftest view of the world is all wrong. They believe:
            1)All cultures are equal in worth and value.
            2) All religions should be respected.
            3) There is an entity called free will in each human.
            4) Equality of outcome should be aspired to
            5) CO2 is a pollutant
            6) Green energy is nirvana
            7) A hard core criminal in most cases can be converted to change and repent if only through enough reeducation.
            8) There are more than 2 genders
            9) The main stream media is not biased towards leftest positions
            10) The Chinese Communist party will eventually reform and stop its attempted domination of the world.
            11) First past the post election systems are bad and everything should be proportional representation.
            12) In past generations the non white world was noble and without violence nor discrimination (the noble savage hypothesis).

          • Any political party that has any basis in reality should have the opposite viewpoint to the above 12 points cemented in its basic platform.

          • David Burton

            Can I respectfully suggest you read ‘The strange death of Europe’ by Murray?

            It is very well referenced. It will tell you chapter and verse what has been going on in France and also in Sweden and other countries as the super elite encourage migration against the wishes of the people.

            You can trace back the references and will find that whilst 500 no go areas seems high there are undoubtedly low hundreds of such areas and many other areas where community relations are very fragile because the make up of the area has changed so much.

            We have a friend who fled from Paris to Portugal as the make up of their area changed and the incomers became very hostile, especially to women.

            The demographics of the situation is why the book is titled as it is.

          • The leftest view of the world is all wrong. They believe:
            1)All cultures are equal in worth and value. (Unless that culture involved white people)
            2) All religions should be respected. (unless that Religion is Chrisitanity)
            3) There is an entity called free will in each human. (on so long as that free will leads them to follow leftist dogma)
            4) Equality of outcome should be aspired to
            5) CO2 is a pollutant
            6) Green energy is nirvana
            7) A hard core criminal in most cases can be converted to change and repent if only through enough reeducation.
            8) There are more than 2 genders
            9) The main stream media is not biased towards leftest positions
            10) The Chinese Communist party will eventually reform and stop its attempted domination of the world.
            11) First past the post election systems are bad and everything should be proportional representation. (actually, all election systems are bad when they don’t elect leftist politicians or ideas)
            12) In past generations the non white world was noble and without violence nor discrimination (the noble savage hypothesis).

            there, made some corrections for you.

          • I wish it was a myth. France is in deep deep trouble

            Sadly, not just France. It’s a problem in many European countries.

          • No go zones are not only limited to France, you will find them in the UK and Belgium in my experience. No go zones existed in the UK in the 70’s and in Belgium in the 80’s. I don’t think any of that has changed much since.

        • “Dave Burton you and your greenie liberal socialist crowd are responsible for the suicide of Europe.”

          It’s not suicide. It’s murder.

          • Murder, and mass murder. Katie Hopkins recounts here (about 12 to 18 minutes), only two weeks ago, shares how the “progressive” mayor in Molenbeek, Brussels Belgium, knew her town harbored mass-murdering jihadis at the Bataclan in Paris, (November 2015). (A German friend of a friend’s wife died there.) She was arned in advance. Hopkins recounts on reporting this official’s response: the mayor did not care. She was given a list of probable terrorists. A month later, the Bataclan was hit. But she, the mayor, relies on the Muslim voters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjzQrD7B63o
            “You knew, you knew – and you did nothing,” says Hopkins to the mayor. “It’s not my job,” said the mayor. There’s Europe today – not caring about mass murder, preventable, terrorizing, mass murder. And this same mayor of Molenbeek is suing Hopkins for defamation.”

      • MattS

        Sadly French menu’s illustrate the stagnation of their language, and it limitations. There is, I believe a type of linguistic police to ensure the language maintains it’s non progression. Slang and popular innovations are officially ignored and discouraged.

        Meanwhile, the English language continues to gobble up every descriptive cultural term which maintains a presence long enough for the OED to include it as an addition to the language, innit. It is a cultural mish mash of Latin, Greek, Gaelic, German, American and, yes, French amongst others. The French is uniquely……well, French.

        They may be entrepreneurial but they are dominated by agriculture and vehicle manufacturing all, as you point out, overseen by a heavy handed government. From personal accounts of UK senior managers working in France, they consider treachery directed at each other, but especially ‘outsiders’ i.e. the British, an acceptable routine strategy.

        Even their cuisine has stagnated, I haven’t been to Paris for years but finding an Indian/Chinese/Greek/Turkish etc. restaurant was a task. London and most of the UK has every cuisine on almost every corner of major cities.

        Le Rosbif were mocked for our pie and mash/fish and chips culture for generations by the French, so we did something about it. UK cities probably have the most diverse cuisine of any cities in the world now. Indeed, cooking is a national obsession, dominating TV shows almost every day of the week.

        I have no idea if the French are similar however I suspect it would offend their cultural roots to watch their chefs promoting dishes from all over the world over their classic dishes.

        The UK has largely cornered the European market for technology and finance, the intellectual enterprises which recognise no borders.

        As for we Scot’s? Modesty prevents me from bragging but the following tells you lots about our entrepreneurial and innovative spirit.

        Wha’s Like Us – Damn Few And They’re A’ Deid

        The average Englishman, in the home he calls his castle, slips into his national costume, a shabby raincoat, patented by chemist Charles Macintosh from Glasgow, Scotland. En route to his office he strides along the English lane, surfaced by John Macadam of Ayr, Scotland.

        He drives an English car fitted with tyres invented by John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn, Scotland, arrives at the station and boards a train, the forerunner of which was a steam engine, invented by James Watt of Greenock, Scotland. He then pours himself a cup of coffee from a thermos flask, the latter invented by Dewar, a Scotsman from Kincardine-on-Forth.

        At the office he receives the mail bearing adhesive stamps invented by James Chalmers of Dundee, Scotland.

        During the day he uses the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

        At home in the evening his daughter pedals her bicycle invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan, blacksmith of Dumfries, Scotland.

        He watches the news on his television, an invention of John Logie Baird of Helensburgh, Scotland, and hears an item about the U.S. Navy, founded by John Paul Jones of Kirkbean, Scotland.

        He has by now been reminded too much of Scotland and in desperation he picks up the Bible only to find that the first man mentioned in the good book is a Scot, King James VI, who authorised its translation.

        Nowhere can an Englishman turn to escape the ingenuity of the Scots.

        He could take to drink, but the Scots make the best in the world.

        He could take a rifle and end it all but the breech-loading rifle was invented by Captain Patrick of Pitfours, Scotland.

        If he escapes death, he might then find himself on an operating table injected with penicillin, which was discovered by Alexander Fleming of Darvel, Scotland, and given an anaesthetic, which was discovered by Sir James Young Simpson of Bathgate, Scotland.

        Out of the anaesthetic, he would find no comfort in learning he was as safe as the Bank of England founded by William Paterson of Dumfries, Scotland.

        Perhaps his only remaining hope would be to get a transfusion of guid Scottish blood which would entitle him to ask “Wha’s Like Us”.

        🙂

        • Thank God for the Scottish! The world is a much better place because of them. John A McDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada and considered the father of Canada, was a Scot. As were many of the pioneers who settled early Canada and USA. Long live the Scots!

        • The Scots are an incredible nation. They have invented so much, been so prominent in engineering, science, medicine. And also given more than their weight to the British army. The backbone of the Empire the Scots.

      • I’m going to agree that French is definitely worth knowing. It is the only language I know of which is as youthful as it is sophisticated. Even Italian, which I love the sound of, does not have both of those qualities together.

        Alors, mais mon Francais c’est pauvre est trop, trop simple.

      • “Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who said on Sunday he was sensitive to the sense of abandonment expressed by some protesters, stressed that the government would not back down on its fuel tax plans.”

        Good of him. ( Time will tell. )

      • “Their language is also the most beautiful in the world, and with English make up the only two languages worth learning.”

        MattS, maybe the problem.

        Obviously the french elites are more interested in eloquent french formulating and vocation

        than in the the cause.

        Reminds on Obama.

    • Message to Macron:

      When you get energy correct, most other things will work out (provided you maintain Rule of Law and a touch of common sense).

      But if you get energy wrong, as other nations have already proved, you will destroy your economy and your country. It IS that simple!

      To be more clear, dump all green energy, anti-CO2 nonsense and ship those who disagree to Devil’s Island.

  2. Macron has been a bit of a disappointment, if he fails to get in next time it means Le Pen and the National Front are next in line. They are an interesting bunch, holocaust deniers, anti Semites at heart, Le Pen’s dad was a famous idiot.

    To her (the daughters credit) she did throw the old fart out of the party, so obnoxious was he. Perhaps it is enough, but expect a raft of right wing mentality, anti abortion, anti gay marriage, general racism to appear. Even if they do stamp out CAGW BS and put Islam in the box it deserves.

  3. Angry motorists and other demonstrators, … blocked roads across France on Saturday in a grassroots campaign dubbed the “Yellow Vests” that drew nearly 288,000 protesters.

    Sorry, but blocking roads is not what peaceful protesters do. However much I might sympathize with why they are protesting, blocking roads creates a predictable public safety hazard. It also inconveniences other people who are either happy to pay the tax or have no choice but to continue driving anyway.

    • Most of “les peuple francaise’ are happy with the demonstrations and happy to be slowed down for a moment to indicate support..

      After all Macron & his bunch of idiots are ripping off all motorists in their quest to save the world from CO2….Utter lunacy..

      Such will be the level contempt for him and the lvel of refusal of legitimate authority, by the french people, that he will resign soon I suggest…

  4. Sad overcast weather at Charles de Gaule, Paris and no one seems to care of any revolt. In fact, the People’s republic of France is divided roughly in two. Those who are on somehow government depended jobs and the rest.

    Nothing revolutionary can happen there. All paths have been cut by sinister regulations.

    Guess most French I see live on a day to day basis.

    Socialism at it’s finest. Survive today primes over tomorrow.

  5. In the end he crush it with the army, and use police to arrest the organisers,….

    Globalists do not know how to, or even consider back-tracking.
    They would sooner use force and intimidation.

    Macron doesn’t give a schit about his popularity, he is getting Merkels positions, its a done deal, that is why she is grooming him like a mother and son.

    He is a very dangerous greasy litrle b@stard who could very well over the next decade bring a European war with Russia on, should he get his EU army.

    • And if that is the case I would hope the US sides with Russia and crush the hapless Europhiles for what they are.

  6. It’s not just vehicle fuel tax that is the problem, although that is the most visible. The Gilets Jaines are also protesting about proposed increases in gas and electricity prices, increased road tolls, income and local taxes, TV licecnces and various health costs, pollution charges in cities and registration of pedal cycles, wage freezes, tax increases, increase in pension age. At least according to a leaflet they are handing out. The action was triggered by a petition against the fuel price increases. According to a poll there is a large majority who support the action.

  7. France is whacko – they get 75% of their power from nuclear plants, so produce CO2 at levels well below everyone else. Stranger still is their plan to reduce nuclear power.

    • The increased tax on vehicle fuel is supposed to fund the development of so called renewable energy sources.

      • “The increased tax on vehicle fuel is supposed to fund the development of so called renewable energy sources.”

        Which are about as necessary in France as is a bicycle rack on the ISS.

    • kent beuchert

      It’s not just the French, the whole of Europe is in political turmoil. Several former Eastern Bloc countries have organised themselves to resist the EU, despite having joined it!

      We British are ‘leaving’…….well, kind of. Italians are also rumbling about it and the Greeks are trapped. Spain and Portugal are suffering badly because of rampant youth unemployment, something the EU was supposed to address but it’s open door immigration policy has destroyed any possibility of that.

      The EU is a complete and utter mess caused by the concept of standardisation and open borders. The Brussels bureaucracy, an unelected government by any other term, has grown from goods and services standardisation to political and financial alignment, something we Brits were assured would never happen when we joined the Common Market 40 or so years ago.

      Bureaucratic greed, ambition and the desire to control and manipulate the individual has emerged as the monster no one wanted. Some, like the French, encourage it as they are used to that type of regime. Others like the UK despise it, hence Brexit.

  8. “A man wearing a yellow vest, a symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher fuel prices, attends the demonstration with an image of French president Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, France, November 17, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau” ?

    CTM , is there a picture that goes with this ?

  9. At the most, this could turn out like the demonstrations in 1968 that forced De Gaulle out. While that was from the left, the center-right has yet to have a turn.
    From what I know of French politics, Macron had to organize his own party, as the more established parties could not field a credible candidate, with a roundly demonized daughter of the National Front as the closest competitor. There could be considerable political change, as it looks like no one really has it together as far as organization, so any organized group could take over. I just don’t know French politics well enough to have any idea who.

    • I think you have this wrong about France being Greenie-Weenie World. That is only true for their “TGV Corridor.”

      It appears that France, too, has Flyover Provinces.

      • Au contraire, mon ami. Greenie-Weenie World is not a specific place. Rather, it is more of a metaphysical construct not unlike the Twilight Zone, and is similarly disconnected from reality.

  10. And if Macron fails to get elected the next in line is LePen, of the National Front. Traditional an Anti Semitic party of narrow minded fascists, although under her hand it has tried to distance itself from this past, even to the extent of throwing her own father out of the party.

    If not, then expect a raft of traditional right wing policies. Anti abortion, anti gay, anti freedom.

    Even if they do kick CAGW into the long grass.

    • If not, then expect a raft of traditional right wing policies. Anti abortion, anti gay, anti freedom.

      Trolling nugget.

  11. They really only hurt their citizens. Truck drivers will fill up outside of France, drive in and make their delivery and pickup and drive back out before fueling.

    Same kind of thing here in the US. Because Pennsylvania has gone nuts with it’s fuel taxes my company requires we get special permission to do so and then will only authorize a 60 gallon purchase. When this truck driver runs into or across PA on I-70 or I-80 I top off in at the last authorized fuel point west of PA before entering the state. These fuel stops are some of the busiest and so I suspect everyone else is doing the same thing. I do this even if had full fuel when I left the terminal in Anderson, IN and only can put less than 50 gallons in. In short, PA doesn’t get hardly any fuel tax revenue from us or many other trucking companies. The Tolls on the PA Turnpike are bad enough. For what the collect the PA Turnpike should be three lanes wide all the way across and have gold plated guard rails.

  12. Macron is a con-man, he’s just another one in the unhappy ROT France fiasco..

    The problem of the “police state” France started with control-freak Sarko, who famously called the kids from the banlieu “racaille”, then lived it up himself in style with pop stars, and the champagne & caviar clique of uber wealthies.
    He fancied himself a bit too much did “ME MR SARKO” sorting out the sub prime crisis single handed, at the same time as copying the British putting up speeding and CCTV cameras all over the country.
    Understandably he was kicked out, putting that disastrous A-hole Hollande in his place who promised better but delivered promises in every direction without keeping a single one of them.
    No suprise, the “new socialism” became as toxic a brand as “Teflon Tony” leaving the French version of “Gordon the Moron” to put up taxes even more by stealth, copying the British once again….
    Who else but the ex-fiance/in bed with the bankers, Macron the con-man, claiming yet again to be able to reform France.
    A smoke and mirrors bag of wind that never got elected at all, but crept into the holes vacated by that dishonest Motosport blagging twit with his side kick British wife who claimed to work for him FILLON et co…(the mafia was the whole family on the assemblee nationale gravy train, with all their emplois fictifs)….

    …And of course that idiotic big mouthed girl from Brittany (from the LePen family mafia), and her equally stupid, big mouthed cross eyed sister Marion J- C- Maréchal LP.
    What hope for France with the once mighty industrial base of yester-year filled with disastrously run companies like Air France, SNCF, Alsthom, and now Airbus?

  13. HELL
    A place defined where the French are the politicians, the Germans are the police, and the English are the cooks.

    • I heard:
      HEAVEN
      A British policeman, a French lover, a German mechanic, an Italian Cook and a Swiss organizer.

      HELL
      A British cook, a French mechanic, a German policeman, an Italian organizer and a Swiss lover.

    • European heaven:
      The cooks are French
      The police are British
      The bankers are German
      The lovers are Italian

      European hell:
      The cooks are British
      The police are French
      The bankers are Italian
      The lovers are German

  14. Don’t know about simmering, as of noon EST reports are showing full-blown rioting. Macron brazenly lied about himself and his intentions and the actual electeurs of Frances are not amused.

    • Agree with that. The revolt is at a full boil as I write this. Bet Macron and the authorities are wishing the bitter cold would hurry up and get there.

  15. “Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who said on Sunday he was sensitive to the sense of abandonment expressed by some protesters, stressed that the government would not back down on its fuel tax plans.”

    Good of him. ( Time will tell. )

    • So, you support driving the people of France further into poverty based on the lie of man caused globall warmining. Got it.

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