Furious French Protest Climate Policies, Cost of Living, Pension Reforms

President Emmanuel Macron. By Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0, Link. Image modified.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

France has been brought to a standstill as yellow vests opposed to President Macron’s climate policies joined forces with around 800,000 protestors opposed to cost of living increases, fuel price hikes and pension reforms.

Tensions flare in Paris as yellow vests join French retirement protests

Scuffles broke out in Paris between police and protesters as yellow vest activists joined the wave of protest actions against the Government’s overhaul of France’s national retirement system.

Truckers joined the demonstrations, blocking roads in 10 regions across France to protest against a planned reduction in tax breaks on diesel for road transport

A similar fuel tax is what unleashed the yellow vest movement a year ago, and this convergence of grievances could pose a major new threat to Macron’s presidency.

In Paris there were scuffles with police as several hundred yellow vest protesters continued their weekly demonstrations, but numbers were relatively small compared with previous weeks as the transport strike made it hard to reach the capital.

Train and metro services remained heavily disrupted by the pension strike.

The combined pressure of the yellow vest movement over the cost of living and union protests against pension reform are a major challenge to President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to balance the state budget and introduce more environmentally friendly legislation in the second half of his mandate.

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-08/tensions-as-yellow-vests-join-french-retirement-protests/11777418

The protestors appear to have legitimate grievances; Macron’s pension reforms, climate policies, fuel price increases and other “reforms” are causing real hardship.

But President Macron, who once promised to be remote and decisive like the Roman God Jupiter, appears determined to demonstrate his authority by sending armed riot police to smash protests with force.

My thought; French history has some sharp lessons for rulers who believe they are above caring about the will of the people.

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123 thoughts on “Furious French Protest Climate Policies, Cost of Living, Pension Reforms

  1. My thought; French history has some sharp lessons for rulers who believe they are above caring about the will of the people.

    That was my thought exactly as I read this piece! While the French may have submitted early, the people are now rising up and may yet set an example showing the way to freedom for the rest of Europe and the western world.

    • said:
      “While the French may have submitted early, the people are now rising up and may yet set an example showing the way to freedom for the rest of Europe and the western world.”

      I assume you mean the so called “resistance” of WWII who were in fact brutal Communists who murdered anyone who opposed their goals. “Freedom” was not one of those goals.

      I suggest you try a better description for the current French protestors.

      • Communists were split. Some resisted and some welcomed the occupier. A lot waited until 1942 to “resist”.

        Before the defeat, sabotage in the military construction was a major issue: the CGT, the communist workers union, hated the military and greatly reduced the chances of the already overwhelmed and backward thinking French army.

        • The biggest, most powerful and best equipped army in the world overwhelmed by the rumors of 20 tanks wallowing in the mud at the Meuse?

          The worst sabotage in the military construction (and in the rest of military operations) was within the highest ranks. If communists had any role in that, it is hard to believe their actions were not co-ordinated.

          It was not a defeat, it was a sale.

    • Macaroon and Turdeau were laughing in despair at President Trump last week. With this happening in France and 70,000 lost jobs last month in Canada (population 1/10th the size of the U.S.) they were NOT laughing in joy, however much the fake news broadcast otherwise.

      • Meanwhile even CNN has started admitting that if the US economy continues humming along then Trump could be a shoe-in for a second term. It really is “the economy, stupid.”

        Politicians traditionally recognized that if you f@ck with the voters standard of living, then the voters will f@ck your career. And yet so many politicians today fail to realise that promising to do away with fossil fuels is promising a perpetual recession.

    • Not really, give them a nice Camembert or other soft cheese and an acceptable wine and bread and they get down right hospitable. The problem with Paris is they are just New Yorkers with a French accent. Besides, they loved the Three Stooges, so they cannot be all that bad.

      • No. Camembert and brie are tasteless now, even those from raw milk. Also, much more expensive. It probably has to do with Europe food “safety” standards.

        I used to see a dozen of person waiting in line at fromager. Now one or two, max.

        The health of young people does not seem to get better either, although not as bad as in the US.

        • The Ministry of Plenty says the annual quotas for Camembert and brie have both already been overfulfilled Citizen.

          ” … But actually, he thought as he re-adjusted the Ministry of Plenty’s figures, it was not even forgery. It was merely the substitution of one piece of nonsense for another. Most of the material that you were dealing with had no connection with anything in the real world, not even the kind of connection that is contained in a direct lie. Statistics were just as much a fantasy in their original version as in their rectified version. A great deal of the time you were expected to make them up out of your head. For example, the Ministry of Plenty’s forecast had estimated the output of boots for the quarter at 145 million pairs. The actual output was given as sixty-two millions. Winston, however, in rewriting the forecast, marked the figure down to fifty-seven millions, so as to allow for the usual claim that the quota had been overfulfilled. In any case, sixty-two millions was no nearer the truth than fifty-seven millions, or than 145 millions.

          Very likely no boots had been produced at all. Likelier still, nobody knew how many had been produced, much less cared. All one knew was that every quarter astronomical numbers of boots were produced on paper, while perhaps half the population of Oceania went barefoot. And so it was with every class of recorded fact, great or small. Everything faded away into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain. … ”

          1984 – by George Orwell
          (Ghost-writing on behalf of The Bureau of Meteorology)

          https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/1984.pdf

        • You obviously don’t get either your brie or your camembert from the right places.

          A decent Brie de Meaux can be heard in the next room; a top class Camembert in the next street.

          • It’s possible to get good fromage incl. camembert but it’s less common and often not cheap.

            F.ex. Président used was really good a decade or so ago, and now it’s absolute crap. Yuk.

        • The expense is caused by the fact that it has to go through the milk cartel before it gets to retail

          • He know a former milk producer, who abandoned farming.

            Not only his production was capped at the production he made at a given arbitrary year, he suffered from various administrative vexations and the last straw was when a house was authorized near the place he stored smelly stuff. Eventually they would have complained and forced him to move his stuff.

            And there were other things that I don’t even remember but they were quite silly.

            So he had to give up eventually.

        • It’s been a long time since my University French, but…

          “And I’m asked why I drink like a fish”?

        • You are correct, the French also loved Jerry Lewis. They loved the high energy slap stick style.

          Louis de Funès was a French actor that did high energy, slap stick style humor and was known for his facial tics body language. His movies are still popular all over Europe.

  2. Bleeding the people dry … to the point where they no longer work for themselves, and their own families … but work for the State … and its over-compensated Bureaucrats. No. A FREE people will NEVER accept such slavery. Yeah, yeah, the French People ceded their FREEDOM to the State generations ago … but are now regretting their mistake.

    • The French people want to keep their socialist state. As with other Socialists/Communists, they believe other people’s’ money will never run out.

      • Not realizing there will NEVER be enough of other people’s money … so the government comes after THEIR money

      • The French people want to keep their socialist state. As with other Socialists/Communists, they believe other people’s’ money will never run out.

        Yes is the problem. Very socialist France has a policy of early retirement and index-linked pension for state employees. This used to be 55, and public servants would plan their entire life for their long state-funded retirement.

        Given than most utilities are state-owned, that is a lot of people spending state funds for a lot of years, while providing no benefits.

        Although, I believe, the retirement age is up to 62 now, they don’t want to let it rise to 67, reducing their state-funded retirement. Unfortunately, the state just can’t afford it any more. OPM is running out, and they have to match the rest of the developed world and work until 67, or even 70 soon.

        They are getting very upset about it, and I’m not surprised. OPM is very addictive!

        • There is not one “retirement age” for public servants. There is not one set of laws of public servants as there are national, regional, communal employees and they all follow different rules.

          Also the railway workers are NOT public servants. They have a special status, modeled after the condition of the coal era.

          At that time they had a coal bonus if they managed to consume less coal than allocated (while not starving the machine and stopping in the middle of nowhere), which was not a simple task as they needed to keep pressure up with as little fuel as possible.

          When coal locomotives have been retired (and work was easier and simpler), they managed to put the potential coal bonus in there statutory salary, making the coal bonus permanent.

          • Mais Oui! Of Course – they reduced their coal use to zero, therefore they fulfilled the coal bonus criteria!
            True Cartesian logic.

          • Since the end of Empire and the need for cannon fodder and administrators declined, as Scottish industry, coal, steel and shipbuilding disappeared, as North Seaoil revenues decline Scotland is taking a sabbatical from contributing to England’s wellbeing.

          • Exactly. There are 45 differnt pension systems for the public sector workers. That is one of the changes Macron wants to bring in. His pension reforms are not only absolutely necessary but pretty sensible too.

            Most of the “revolt” in France is by people who think the private sector should pay for them to have a very generous, and very early retirement.

            But this is maths, not ideology. You live longer, you have to work longer or get a smaller pension.

        • He may be a tad insular.

          “… We estimate that Emmanuel Macron’s net worth is $31.5 million (2017). …”

          https://how-rich.com/4535/how-rich-is-emmanuel-macron/

          Just to point out that the (never-ever-to- pay-taxes) former head of the IMF, Mr Chris Legarde, now the new head of the ECB, is also French, insular, and thinks he lives within a special cosmos where income taxes were done away with millennia ago. A recipe for Europe-wide rebellions.

    • But, in France we can be operate and stay 15 days in a hospital without to be oblidged to sell our house or to lose our job ! And in California, for example ?

        • US Federal employees have an abundance of choices of health care with reasonable, or no, deductables.
          Premiums are low because of the size of the pool of participants.

          Can some explain why this program could not be extended to the citizenry at large? Wouldn’t an even larger pool be as, or more, economic?

      • The same is true for anyone who has insurance.
        On the other hand, in the US you have a chance of getting that surgery while you are still alive enough to benefit from it.

      • If you can manage to stay alive for the very long wait to get that operation. In the US, with basic insurance coverage, I was able to get my hernia operation scheduled within a two weeks of diagnosis, even though it was not a life threatening condition. In countries with “free” government healthcare, the wait for such a surgery is months, and sometimes years.

  3. We had no idea the peasants would be so upset at taking their medication. Don’t they understand it is for their own good?

  4. To be fair, French public sector pensions are unaffordable. If Macron had acted on them alone he might well have succeeded. But to pick another fight when a large proportion of the public are already enraged by “green” tax is stupid.

    • Probably correct. The state employees’ pension arrangements have been unjustifiable for decades and Macron is not the first president to try to sort them out and even the hardline union leaders know this is probably their “last hurrah”. As with the UK unions the percentage of workers in a union is now close to or in single figures.

      The gilets jaunes protests are a different matter. Like the UK and Germany, France favoured diesel for private cars because of its greater economy and the lower pump price. As an example I used to fill my last car about once a month at a cost of about 55-60€. It now costs me nearer 70€ every three weeks. That is a big difference in a country where rural public transport is close to non-existent.

      One comment from one of the protesters: It’s all well and good Mano trying to save the planet; I’m more interested in saving my job and feeding my children!

      Incidentally, Glenn Vinson, “the French” are not ‘socialist’ in any way that a Brit or an American would recognise. The principles of liberté, égalité and fraternité are ones which most democratic countries in the 21st century would agree with. Apart from the union leaders (the same in any country) the French are the same mix as anywhere else.

      • The French are socialist in a “live off other peoples money” way though . A principle effect of Brexit going through could well be a significant cost to France as the UK (mainly England, because the Scots live off England too) is the second largest contributor after Germany to the EU budget. Those French farm handouts are going to have to come from somewhere else if Boris wins.

        Pass the peanuts please, I am enjoying the show. It is so much fun watching the political lecturers get done over.

      • I think the comment was “Macron is talking about the and of the planet. I’m talking about the end of the month”.

      • Good analysis, Newminster, but I don’t quite agree with your statement about the French not being “socialists”. I live in the part of Switzerland right next to France and often go over the border for work (and cheap shopping!) I spend a lot of time comparing the two countries. Yes, there is such a beast as French conservatism, but what strikes me every time is the collective atmosphere. They are still very much in the spirit of ’79, where the crowds hit the streets at the slightest political hiccup. That’s not always a bad thing, but in our narcissistic age, it often goes too far. As other commentators have noted, the French do want it both ways: higher wages, lower taxes, better cradle to grave services but also retirement at 62 (or even better, 55), a 35 hour week and high taxes on the rich and business. They vote for everything that stops their economy growing enough to provide them with what they want. Finally, France is the only nation in Europe that still has pols who openly call them communists. The mayor of St Denis, for example, is an avowed communist. Jean-Luc Melanchon makes Jeremy Corbyn look like Jim Callaghan. It’s a strange and fascinating country but I do fear for its future.

    • Also the ruling class is not even trying to look concerned, or willing take even a trivial part of the burden:

      – Diesel is going to be forbidden in Europe but diesel cars of ministers have been shown to run their motor all day in summer for the A/C.
      – Many ministers, and congressmen, have been busted benefiting from subsidized low rent homes normally dedicated for the not so wealthy.
      – To go back from Japan the prime minister took a private plane because he didn’t wanted to take a “military transport” plane. Mind you that wasn’t some C-17 or C-130 or Airbus 400M, just a regular civilian Airbus (330 or something) used by the military. The media insisted heavily on the “military plane” notion, as if there was something special and very unpleasant with regular passagers planes in the army, except the paint. The Airbus flee back to France empty. His excuse for not taking a regular flight to France was that he would have arrived later in Paris. But the difference was actually of the order of an hour and the prime minister had nothing on his schedule, contrary to the claims parroted by the media, so he wouldn’t have missed anything. (Not that missing any political meeting for such an useless person would change anything.)
      – Older former high end “civil servant” can get a salary while they get their pension, can have multiple pensions at the same time, some have a life pension for just being minister for a few months (sometimes about ten days)… all the things that have always been strictly impossible for normal people.

      It’s as if the government had been trying to stir the pot.

  5. – Mass protests in France, angry at Macron and his policies.
    (this WUWT post)
    – Canada’s economy shed 71,000 jobs in November 2019, the most since the 2009 recession. (that’s the equivalent of 500,000 jobs for the US.)
    https://globalnews.ca/news/6262739/canada-biggest-job-loss-financial-crisis/
    – UK economy slowest growth in a decade.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/11/economy/uk-gdp-q3/index.html

    US economy added 266,000 jobs in November 2019, unemployment at 3.9%

    “Economy added booming 266,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 3.5%”
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/12/06/jobs-report-november-2019-xx-were-added-economists-expected-184-000/2624842001/

    Yet Macron, BoJo, and Trudeau snickered at Trump at the recent NATO conference.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-macron-boris-johnson-trudeau-nato-laughing-buckingham-palace-a9231881.html

    They don’t seem to understand what the US’s new-found Energy Dominance means.
    It is a profound rearrangement of US economics of the previous 45 years.
    It means that when the economy picks up –> energy demand picks up, and the dollars to pay for that energy stays in the economy where the energy is being produced, rather than going to MidEast oil sheiks and Russian oligarchs.
    And in a continued feedback, when the economy/business cycle slows –> energy demand slackens, supplies increase, and domestic energy prices fall (mainly gasoline and diesel). Suddenly people and businesses have a little bit more money to spend on everything else as prices at the pump ease. That money now goes elsewhere in the system, holding up consumer demand and business capital outlays, thus preventing a downward spiral. Energy Dominance is not just about being a net producer of energy, it totally rewrites the economic playbook.
    And every Democrat running for President has vowed to shut it down in some way. Every.damn.one.

    Now many folks certainly do not like Trump manners and his childish tweeting (me). But look at what the other side has to offer. It’s really a no-brainer for next November.

    MAGA.

    • Joel
      The UK unemployment rate is the same as the US. The economy is holding up pretty well bearing in mind all the uncertainties over brexit. What is undeniable is that Europe does not seem able to grasp that high energy costs impact on every sector of the economy and leaves consumers with less to spend
      Tonyb

      • Hi Tony B
        “Europe does not seem to grasp….”
        The european self styled elites grasp this very well. They are deliberately driving the middle class into serfdom because serfs are more fun and easier to control.

        • Higher fuel costs (which btw were utterly predictable with anyone with a few brain cells) will push the middle classes and many of the working class to revolt. People are generally supine until their wallets get hit. I don’t think the “elites” are even being deliberately mendacious; they are just so arrogant and out of touch that they don’t realize how they come across.

      • First, that article is 18 months old.
        Second, one month’s employment or quarterly econ stats does not a trend make.
        But month after month, quarter after quarter, those kind of numbers add up to a picture.

        Any number reported by the government that has political interest behind it is suspect. But what is clear is that while the EU, Canada struggles to not fall in to negative territory (contraction) at the current moment, the US economy is steaming onward. That’s no accident.

    • “Energy Dominance is not just about being a net producer of energy, it totally rewrites the economic playbook.”

      That’s right.

      The path for Canada and the UK, and everyone else, is clear. If they want prosperity, do what the United States is doing.

    • The US unemployment rate, published by the US government, is a bad joke and an outright falsehood.

      The 3.9% rate is achieved by various fiddles, including counting 95 million Americans of working age as “Not in the work force”. Anyone whose unemployment insurance has run out and has not found a job is included in those “not in the work force”. A person working even one hour a month is counted as employed. A person working 3 part-time jobs is counted as 3 employed persons. After the Affordable Care Act was passed, many employers reduced hours of work to less than 35 hours per week, to escape the mandate requiring employer-provided health insurance, so many people who are employed “full time” are now working fewer hours per week than before.
      And those 266,000 “new jobs” “created” in November, 2019? The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job creation numbers by use of the “Birth Death Model”, not by actually counting jobs created.
      Shadowstats states the U3 US unemployment rate as 20.9%, a much more realistic figure than that published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

      http://www.shadowstats.com/

      • I would have to agree that the way these employment/unemployment numbers are figured is debatable.

        What do you think about the claim that there are currently seven million jobs in the United States that are not being filled because of a lack of people with training the jobs require?

  6. Life brings hardships. It is not a legitimate to reason take others money.
    They aren’t protesting climate. They are protesting that the government pie has gotten smaller but don’t want their piece reduced. Once these places start to take a noticeable amount of money from the pie, now climate activists have to fight all the other voters with their hands out. I predict the socialist systems will be the second to reject CAGW. The communists having been the first.

  7. Climate and the Money Trail

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/climate-money-trail/5690209

    Whatever one may believe about the dangers of CO2 and risks of global warming creating a global catastrophe of 1.5 to 2 degree Celsius average temperature rise in the next roughly 12 years, it is worth noting who is promoting the current flood of propaganda and climate activism.

    Green Finance

    Several years before Al Gore and others decided to use a young Swedish school girl to be the poster child for climate action urgency, or in the USA the call of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a complete reorganization of the economy around a Green New Deal, the giants of finance began devising schemes for steering hundreds of billions of future funds to investments in often worthless “climate” companies.

    In 2013 after years of careful preparation, a Swedish real estate company, Vasakronan, issued the first corporate “Green Bond.” They were followed by others including Apple, SNCF and the major French bank Credit Agricole. In November 2013 Elon Musk’s problem-riddled Tesla Energy issued the first solar asset-backed security. Today according to something called the Climate Bonds Initiative, more than $500 billion in such Green Bonds are outstanding. The creators of the bond idea state their aim is to win over a major share of the $45 trillion of assets under management globally which have made nominal commitment to invest in “climate friendly” projects.

    Bonnie Prince Charles, future UK Monarch, along with the Bank of England and City of London finance have promoted “green financial instruments,” led by Green Bonds, to redirect pension plans and mutual funds towards green projects. A key player in the linking of world financial institutions with the Green Agenda

    • More…

      In 2016 the TCFD along with the City of London Corporation and the UK Government initiated the Green Finance Initiative, aiming to channel trillions of dollars to “green” investments. The central bankers of the FSB nominated 31 people to form the TCFD. Chaired by billionaire Michael Bloomberg of the financial wire, it includes key people from JP MorganChase; from BlackRock–one of the world’s biggest asset managers with almost $7 trillion; Barclays Bank; HSBC, the London-Hong Kong bank repeatedly fined for laundering drug and other black funds; Swiss Re, the world’s second largest reinsurance; China’s ICBC bank; Tata Steel, ENI oil, Dow Chemical, mining giant BHP Billington and David Blood of Al Gore’s Generation Investment LLC. In effect it seems the foxes are writing the rules for the new Green Hen House.

      A friend of mine did this documentary a couple of years ago regarding the banks. It fits in perfectly with the green scam. Please take a moment to watch…

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2gK3s5j7PgA

      • Green funds and similar based on non existent backing can only end in disaster with the criminals winning.

        • The Carbon credit market is very much like the credit default swap market in 2008. There’s probably fewer regulations on the former than the latter which allows futures to be purchased on margin and rehypothecated ad infinitum. That allows a speculative bubble in Carbon credits to make up a substantial percentage of any large financial corporations asset portfolio in no time. The Carbon Taxes erode the conventional economy while building up inefficient Green Tech investments. Eventually the economy and the public will be forced to the breaking point, but if Carbon Taxes are scrapped the Carbon Credit portion of the financial corporations asset portfolio falls to zero value overnight. That crashes the financial corporations which creates a financial crisis. That’s why the banks will keep on insisting the world faces imminent global climate disaster no matter how unchanged the climate remains. It’s also why otherwise sane politicians will keep right on pushing the insanity to the point of sending in the troops to commit wholesale massacres of protesters.

          • It’s worse than that. The Bank of England want’s in too. It created the current world banking system or interest bearing debt 300+ years ago. No-one has benefited from that other than the creators.

      • “it is worth noting who is promoting the current flood of propaganda and climate activism. … Apple, SNCF, Credit Agricole, Elon Musk, Prince Charles, Bank of England, Michael Bloomberg, JP MorganChase, BlackRock, Barclays Bank; HSBC, the London-Hong Kong Bank, Swiss Re, ICBC, Tata Steel, ENI oil, Dow Chemical, BHP Billington …”

        Yep. All hard-line Marxists. This climate alarmism is definitely a communist plot.

        • Hummm…no, they just see where the future money flows will be, trading thin air, esp Bank of England. Once I read they were on the sniff it confirmed my already, with 97% confidence, it was all about the money and control.

      • https://unric.org/en/figueres-first-time-the-world-economy-is-transformed-intentionally/

         “Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of UNFCCC,  warns that the fight against climate change is a process and that the necessary transformation of the world economy will not be decided at one conference or in one agreement.
        This is  probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history”, Ms Figueres stated at a press conference in Brussels.”  2015

        The link on the UN site has been 404’d and this speech removed from the list of her speeches. This clip can be found on other sites but the original is gone. Even the wayback machine doesn’t find it. Looks like the UN is trying to bury it

  8. French Presidents mostly don’t get a second term. Macron, if for no other reason than that, is probably toast. Anyway, I’m baffled as to why France manages to do as well as it does.

    It seems that all French leaders go to the same elite school. That probably leads to the kind of arrogance that lets them ignore problems with the common folk.

    • Macron wants to chose his opponent; he wants Marine Le Pen, the incompetent “extreme right” candidate (she isn’t measurably more incompetent than him, but she clearly is clueless about the economy and about many things, like the whole political class).

      Macron thinks he can beat the “far right” in any scenario, but as things go, a lot of people on the left think that Macron is “far right” too and at some point that “game” will blow up in the face of the establishment candidate.

  9. German farmers are also doing tractor protests about environmental legislation – restrictions on pesticides and fertilisers mainly. The tractor is a great protest weapon but the dung-spreader might be even better!

  10. Decades ago France embraced nuclear energy and today should enjoy the rewards…… accept they cannot because they must pay the CC demon in taxes and economy globalization. They should be mad.

  11. “Remote and decisive, like the Roman God Jupiter”; in France, remote and decisive, resulting in chaos and terror, would better describe Robespierre! It’s not going very well for all those countries and empires (Venezuela, Chile, Germany, EU) spending the family silver on climate change and destroying capitalism is it? All they are doing is closing their manufacturing industries, making it uneconomical due to high energy costs, causing further job losses and poverty resulting in manufacturers moving abroad, often to where there are no enforced environmental regulations. Next Macron will be telling the public to eat cake if there’s no bread!

    • B d Clark

      God above I really wanted her resignation to be true, but as the article say it may be a plot to “shame” political groups… But as no government is going to listen to her, let alone do what she wants, she is dead in the water, a repetitive vile child who has caused mass anxiety and upset, based on lies!

      • I think it is a plot too, I also think she will from now on take a lesser role,and maybe guest appear now and again.

    • She’s certainly not the only one who wants politicians to “tell it like it is”. I would love for that to happen.

      “There is no climate emergency, folks! There is no reason to panic. The minimal increase in atmospheric CO2 is entirely beneficial for the health and welfare of both mankind and the planet and a few degrees of warming which will only take us back to the temperatures of 2000 years ago will mean fewer deaths from cold, better crops, better weather, and a better time for all.

    • Wednesday is Pie Day at The Village Inn and O’Charley’s restaurants here in the U.S. You get a free slice of pie with every meal purchased.

      But now I am beginning to wonder if it is part of a plot by our overlords to prepare us peasants for things to come.

      “It’s Wednesday, serfs. Get in line for your free pie. You’ll get nothing else until next Wednesday. Anyone grumbling will be shot.”

  12. Our respective governments still aren’t listing, despite the Brexit and Trump shocks.

    The western world is riddled with drug deaths, failing school systems, knife and gun crime, poverty, immigration, terrorism, and crippling national debts. Yet it’s deemed more important that renewable energy is heavily subsidised to address an unproven ‘problem’ with global temperature rise.

    When our governments can deal with the problems the yellow vest’s are campaigning over, along with all the other problems, then I might listen to arguments about a warming planet.

    As for the drug problems plaguing our communities, much like the alcohol problem Scotland has, personally I don’t give a monkeys. If someone is stupid enough to start down that route with all the collective knowledge we now have, then may hell slap it into them. They don’t need our sympathy, they need our ridicule.

    In my career as a police officer in Scotland, I can’t recall a single reformed drug or alcohol addict, but I now see my country riddled with innumerable wind farms that serve to line the pockets of wealthy land owners.

  13. I flew to Nice airport on Thursday, the first day of strike, plane bypassing the French airspace, found a letter telling me that my ‘taxe d’habitation’ has gone up from 1100 to 1400 Euro a year, mere 27%. Me, not pleased with M Macron.

        • Yes, the residence tax is apparently “legitimate” in a house where people don’t reside much, but not justified where you actually reside and benefit from public services.

          Taxing occupants is not OK but taxing owners of houses to pay for services they don’t use is OK.

          • There is twist to it. In large cities rental is only solution for most of people particular young. In my area one bedroom apartment usually rents at 800-1000 euro a month, but that is not all, e.g rental agency advertises property say as 1000 + 130 euros, of witch 1000e goes to the landlord and 130e to the state. Owner living in his property benefits but tenants are even worse off than before, since tenant has to pay 27% increase which most likely has make up for some of the loss by abolishing the h tax for the resident owners.

  14. And things are only going to get worse for France and in fact the whole EU. Trump is going to end the unfair trade practices that have characterized US relations with Europe since the Marshal Plan. The trade war with China is already having it’s effect on Europe with massive reductions of purchases from Europe and the curtailment of investment of European dollars in China. Once USMCA is passed then the hammer is really going to fall on the economies of most of the EU nations. IMO we are seeing the beginning stages of a massive global economic realignment that may well be the Death Nel of the EU as we know it today and in fact for the agenda of the Globalists in general.

    • I recall a bunch of “experts” not long ago saying Trump’s tariffs were going to hurt the US economy.

      WRONG !!!

      • And now Jim Cramer is shouting that the current jobs numbers say we don’t need China at all. Look for China to agree to Trump’s terms very quickly. They likely see the writing on the wall.

        • Trump has made it pretty clear lately that he really isn’t seeking a deal in the near future though we may see “phase 1” get through. The president just made clear he doesn’t foresee a final trade deal being done with China until after the 2020 election. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUljxLj-Q7s&feature=youtu.be He was asked what the hold up was in making a deal with China?
          President Trumps answer: “I am”! The president went on to explain that for decades the Chinese have been taking 100’s of billions dollars out of our economy and that he does not seek just an even deal. He is seeking a deal that is advantageous to the US to make up for all the years of losses. Now that may have been for the benefit of his excellent negotiators in their dealings with the Chinese but it’s clear that he is not going to cut China any slack at all.

      • Yep, those same “experts” were also warning of a possible impending recession just a couple months ago. And those same “experts” are ALWAYS “surprised” when good economic numbers come in or indicators are revised up. I have come to the conclusion that all of the economic “experts” the media listen to are honor graduates of the Paul Krugman school of always getting everything dead wrong. I’m surprised they can feed and dress themselves.

    • California has an excellent, proven methodology:
      1. Establish an advisory committee for clean air (CARB).
      2. Set California standards for non-polluting cars.
      3. Set California standards for non-polluting fuels.
      4. Establish a committee to investigate why California fuel prices are so high. (It must be a collusion of oil companies, or else I’ll dissolve the committee).

  15. and this clown thinks he has the luxury of standing around with his kindred spirit Trudeau trying to ridicule Trump. The French people deserve much better.

  16. Many French are basically true socialists. France has not met the Euro countries budget deficit standards ever despite the Hollande socialist rich people taxes and now they have a president who at least tries to get some budget discipline in place and to modernize the French economy. A swing to more free market mechanisms and budget discipline consequently meets resistance. Put climate action costs on top of this and you get a very unhappy nation as was socialist Britain under Thatcher. The problem with the climate action plans in place is that they are extremely costly and truly symbolic and who wants to cut their standard of living for symbolism?

    • Agreed, if President Macron had focussed on government reform, reducing taxes, and left the grandstanding and climate leadership to others, I think the French people would have tolerated a little unhappiness from government workers worried about their fat pensions.

      • Agree completely. If he had just stuck to reforming the pensions as a first step, I don’t think he would have gotten this sort of blowback. Then try to get some fiscal restraint into the obese French government and leave off the climate change crap. If the French people are like us, most don’t think it’s anywhere near some sort of crisis if they think about it at all.

    • “a president who at least tries to get some budget discipline in place”

      Macron said it wasn’t in order. Try to keep up.

      “and to modernize the French economy.”

      That’s a good one. Repeating “startup nation” isn’t modernization, it’s dumbing down.

  17. “My thought; French history has some sharp lessons for rulers who believe they are above caring about the will of the people.”

    They most certainly do and it’s not pretty.

  18. Does anybody manufacture guillotines these days? Maybe good startup idea. Make it work with solar power and call it “decarbonator”.

  19. Germany’s economy is tanking. France in disarray, Spain still trying to get out of its worst recession and the EU is on a slide towards oblivion. Britain has its once in a century chance of saving itself by getting off the EU’s runaway train which is heading into the abyss.

    • BBC is against Brexit and love war on Climate/Weather using industrial wind-turbines as their preferred weapon, so there will be no Brexit.
      UK down with the EU, with only Poland and Czech Republic going up. /Wild-Guess

      All while the US is enjoying an upward trend for the next year.

      So where does that leave the weather? Hmm, one could ask Piers Corbyn, because his brother has no clue what so ever.

    • The ones protesting don’t count they have the wrong political view and once sent to a re-education camp will see the error of there ways.

  20. A country like Canada with so many natural resources per person and an educated population should be swimming in money. I conclude socialism is the reason it is not.

    • Their Ontario centered economic outlook has the people of BC so angry there is a movement to succeed. Not that I believe anything will come of that YET, but it is an indication of the divide.

      • Not BC, unfortunately. Alberta has a rising secessionist movement, Saskatchewan would likely go with them if they did, but the two provinces really need a port. BC would provide that, and most of the rural BC-ers would probably like to secede too, but they’re out-voted by liberal Vancouver.

        Frankly, if Alberta did have a port, I suspect they would already be getting ready to leave. Trudeau is doing his best to wreck their economy and culture.

  21. One of the major reasons the older French voted for Jupiter is that he promised to leave pensions alone and sneered at the economic warnings from Marine….he has also often said France needed to be at the vanguard of the green economic new age because to drag ones feet would be economic suicide. All lies.
    Having said that…they voted for this POS even though it was perfectly obvious that he was intent on the destruction of Frances heritage and identity. He said he would do exactly that….anything that happens now is at the feet of the damned fools that voted for this ludicrous, prattling little oik.
    As for the Germans, Jupiter’s greatest ally, goose stepping to the latest fashion in socialism is in their DNA and it is no surprise to me they are attempting world domination…once again. I hope like hell they wind up dragging Merkel through the streets like the Black shirts did to Mussolini after the green hits the fan. How they could vote for an ex-Stasi high flyer time and again is beyond belief, was it her beautiful charming charisma? And so their chickens are coming home to roost as well…and I couldn’t care less…they deserve whatever they get, I am only concerned for the countries these vile totalitarian states are compelling by force to commit societal suicide in the same way they themselves have.

  22. So many comments about «socialists/communists» using «other people’s money» (which, incidentally, is the money collected through taxes or borrowed from privately owned banks) and not a reference to the trillions of «dollars», stashed away in the wonderful, «out-of-sight», magic world of offshore treasure islands…

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