Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Macron's Popularity Edges Up Even as Protesters Persist

The boxer punching a police officer YELLOW VESTS A former pro boxer was filmed punching riot police in France
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The French premier asserted that 80,000 members of security forces will be deployed at the countrywide protests to take place Saturday.

"Faced with ultra-violence, we need to be ultra-severe".

Since the Yellow Vest demonstrations began, 5,600 were arrested and more than 1,000 were sentenced to prison, said Philippe.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in a TV interview late Monday announced plans for legislation banning "troublemakers" from attending demonstrations following weeks of clashes between yellow vest supporters and police.

Benjamin Griveaux, the official spokesman for the French government, on Wednesday claimed that some Italian ministers and the RT broadcaster have similar stances as they are supporting the yellow vests protests that have been shaking France since mid-November. The proportion of people who declared themselves "very dissatisfied" by his leadership jumped by six points to 45 percent.

The images of renewed violence and destruction in Paris last Saturday underscored the difficulty of containing a leaderless movement that appeared to be petering out at the end of past year but has since gained new momentum. "I've chose to step away from the national debate because it will be hard to ensure the calm that's needed for the talks", she said.

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While the number of protesters has dwindled since December, the determination of a smaller but increasingly radical core of "yellow vest" protesters poses a dilemma for the government. The government wants to apply the same rules to all new pensioners in order to replace the dozens of different systems specific to certain jobs.

Nicolas Tenzer, a political commentator, essayist and former top civil servant, said on French TV that the country faced an "insurrectionist movement driven by the extreme right and left", which has adopted violence as a natural element of its combat.

French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity ratings recovered in January, a survey showed on Tuesday, after a series of government concessions aimed at ending a wave of "yellow vest" protests against high living costs.

But numerous protesters say the measures are not enough and that rural France is paying the price for Macron's policies, which they see as mainly profiting a wealthy Parisian elite. Di Maio wrote in a post on his party's blog.

As reported, a street artist known as Pascal Boyart, AKA Pboy, recently finished a mural depicting the yellow vests' struggle against the French regime.

The spat between the two countries threatens to worsen European Union political and economic divisions as each country exploits the other's political and socio-economic tensions while underscoring the increasingly sour relations between Paris and Rome.

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