by Le Saker Francophone for The Saker Blog
After the Act XIII held on Saturday, February 9, we can witness that the movement is still holding and will not falter by spring. Too many people have now understood what is at stake.
Between 50,000 demonstrators, according to government figures, and 250,000, according to the figures of a police union have rallied all around France and not just in Paris, as the corporate media, all centralized in Paris, want to believe.
As for the rest of the population, the latest survey, according to the French version of the Huffington Post, shows that 64% of the French people support the movement and 77% find it useful.
The attempted counter-demonstration in support of Macron, called the Foulards rouges [the Red Scarves], took place on January 27th and gathered only a few thousand people, all in Paris and nobody in the provinces.
For now, the main concern of the demonstrators is police violence, as evidenced by the many amateur videos filmed by the demonstrators themselves and posted on social networks. Lost eyes, exploded hands, skull fractures, the CRS [the equivalent of the SWAT] no longer hesitate to shoot the demonstrators at close range with their grenades and other so-called defensive weapons. Once again, act XIII ended with a ripped hand and many wounded.
Here are some of those videos:
Conducting such a census gave me the impression that journalists are targeted and not protected by the police. This has just been confirmed by three journalists who say they have been voluntarily targeted by the CRS during act XIII.
An analyst compared this yellow vest movement to the demonstrations that shook the Paris suburbs in 2005, where very aggressive young people did not hesitate to attack the police directly. However, there were very few injuries during these demonstrations because the anti-demonstration police were trained, and well trained, for this purpose. It therefore appears that since this is not the case for the Yellow Vests demonstrations, the police did receive orders to be particularly violent against them. This analyst believes that the intention is to terrorize the demonstrators so that they will not dare to leave home the following Saturday and that the movement will run out of steam on its own.
However, the Minister of the Interior has been recorded saying “I don’t know any police officer nor gendarme who has attacked Yellow vests”, showing, once again, to the French population either his taste for lies or his filthy ignorance of the reality on the ground; both of which are a major flaw for a Minister of the Interior.
The Human Rights League is trying to have the use of these offensive weapons banned by the CRS, but the High court has refused to do so, showing that the elite in the judiciary is not on the side of the people too.
Hundreds of demonstrators has been arrested and put in custody just because they were demonstrators. Their lawyers has condemned the hastily procedures used by the justice against them.
At the same time, Macron launched what he himself calls “Le Grand débat” [the Great Debate], a debate that consists of touring France and discussing with the mayors, which leads his opponents to say that he is campaigning, at the expense of the state, for the next European elections, elections that polls show to be favorable to those whom the mainstream press calls “the populists”, i.e. those against whom Macron is fighting. While the first debates, broadcasted entirely on television, had attracted a lot of curious spectators, their audience has rapidly decreased. Nothing has emerged from this Great Debate so far and a large majority of the French (60%) believe that it is a simple smoking screen from which nothing will come out.
As for the Prime Minister, he just submitted to the parliament an “anti-hooligans law” which, in his opinion, is “not at all a law due to the actual conditions” but a law to allow demonstrators to demonstrate in complete safety; as if it was the hooligans and not the CRS who were threatening the safety of the demonstrators. This law will allow any police officer to register any person “suspected of being a hooligan” in a protest ban file, the suspicion being sufficient. The same kind of file already used against football hooligans but not on mere suspicion this one.
On the other hand, we are witnessing the emergence of small citizen initiatives around the movement. Assembly of Yellow Vests ; promotion campaign of the RIC by Etienne Chouard ; a young lawyer, Francois Boulo, a very good speaker, is becoming an effective spokesman of the movement ; the launch of a special Yellow Vests app named GJ-France….
Internationally, the Italian government has ostensibly shown its support for the Yellow Vests and the Italian Prime Minister has even met with them. An angry Macron reacted by recalling the French ambassador to Italy, something we have never seen since Mussolini, and accuses the Italian government of interfering in French internal affairs. To which the Italian government replied that at the time of the last Italian elections, Macron had ostensibly expressed his support for the opposition, so why not return the favor? So nice for the united European Union. For Act XIII, a group of French Yellow Vests wanted to cross the border to meet an Italian group and show that if their two governments are no longer friends, the two peoples continue to be. The police prevented them from crossing the border.
To add another layer to the infamy of this government, it is now entangled in a particularly gloomy and really bizarre scandal: the Benalla affair.
Benalla is supposedly a simple security adviser/bodyguard for Macron, but the total protection offered by his boss indicates that he would be much more than that. Benalla, a 26-year-old man, has been filmed violently hitting a demonstrator in the street. As Benalla does not belong to the police, it is indeed an act outside the law that is involved, an act of violence against an individual who has not attacked him. Indignation in the population. Macron is forced to speak and claims to have fired him immediately. However, a few weeks later, the same Benalla was caught leaving for Africa, with a diplomatic passport, to have interviews with some high-ranking personalities. New public outrage. How can a person who should be in prison, who would only be a simple bodyguard, could hold a diplomatic passport and meet African personalities, on behalf of the French state since he benefits from a diplomatic passport. It smells really bad. Embarrassed and incomprehensible explanations from the government but only symbolic actions taken against the bad guy. The case seemed to be getting a little forgotten, especially since all the attention is focused on the Yellow vests, when Boum, the case flares up again and then the stench is suffocating. One of the few remaining somewhat independent mainstream media in France, Mediapart, publishes two recordings in which the famous Benalla boasts of having the full support of his boss, “you’re going to have them as he told me, you’ve always been stronger than them”, then discusses ways to get compromising evidence from Macron’s party, LREM, under the nose and beard of the police guarding the office. A real mafiosi discussion in a bar in Naples. And then, icing on the cake, Benalla would also have served as an intermediary in a rather shady business with, be careful, “a Russian oligarch close to Putin”. The scandal is of atomic proportion.
How does the government react then? Has he put the infamous Benalla in preventive detention to avoid any obstruction of justice while finally awaiting his trial, you‘re going to ask me. Well, no, better than that, he sent prosecutors to Mediapart’s offices to search them to appropriate the tapes and, above all, to find out where these recordings came from. Search which will also go wrong because it was done without a search warrant. So at least a big scandal in all the French newspapers the next day, you’re going to ask me? Well, no, not even and we even see journalists trying to defend this indefensible case. Nobody wants to bite the hand of the person who feeds you. And who feeds these journalists? The same people who put Macron in charge of the French presidency, the French plutocrats. Chances are that Benalla is part of their private mercenary militia, which would explain the incredible tolerance shown by the justice system and the government towards him. A double scandal then: the first, that a close relation of Macron dares to behave out of the rules ; the second, that nor the government, nor the media nor the justice are reacting.
What this month of January/February 2019 and its Yellow Vest movement have shown is that the plutocrats and the small gang of mercenaries in their pay firmly hold political power in France, are not about to make the slightest concession to the people and are ready to use means that will bring France close to a banana dictatorship status to remain in power. However, the dynamic launched in the population by the Gilets jaunes and the increasingly visible “government by buddies for buddies” of the Macron regime mean that the movement will not be extinguished until it has led to a profound change in the French political system. The French spring will be very hot.
Le Saker Francophone
A true test of “people power”. It will be very meaningful how this works out for France. Others will be waiting in line to try it, if it proves to be successful.
Excellent article, which underlines the fact that the EU rulers are trying to reorganize. I can see some similarities between what just happened in France and what happened Jan. 20, 2019 in Athens. Journalists were attacked in both. One of the Greek journalists had his face “remodeled” while he was walking around taking pictures having had only camera and no bags. The police reaction in France shows Macron’s tougher stance after he discussed “things” with Tsipras. I think, yellow vests need to employ drones in order to collect video evidence with regards to the protests themselves and any violence against the protesters. I believe that yellow vests will continue even though things are getting worse for them as the ruling class is realizing that the protests are not going to die on their own.
The point is that France is a republic only on paper. In reality it’s a semi-feudal state, run by 600 families, who control anything of importance. What is interesting is a possible comparison to 1789. Then the Royal House was overthrown by revolutionaries financed by the Rothschild’s. We now have a Rothschild’s banker running the country on behalf of the EU and the French elite, and in that order. The unofficial French aristocracy, made up of the 600 families, are now run by a Rothschild’s representative.
I am wondering if Macrons actions are part of a plan to destabilize France and cause violent disorder, making France weak and more firmly under the control of Brussels. We shall see how all of this turns out. As for the French judiciary, it was always under Government supervision, doing as told, especially in delicate cases. It’s questionable if it was ever independent.
Since the Quisling Tsipras betrayed a 61% NO vote to austerity by signing up for UNENDING austerity and class war, he has drawn Greece ever closer to Israel. What a world of coincidences we live in. Tsipras and Micron probably compared notes on how best to please their Masters.
A very accurate description of the situation in France especially the mood of the people.
I’d substitute “Rothschild Zionists” for “plutocrats” though as I think it important to identify and name the oppressor.
A French writer has described the overall situation pertaining in France today and reports that the anger driving the protests comes from the majority of French people being completely and totally ignored by the “elite”
France is divided into three distinct groupings.
“The first group is a ruling upper class, totally integrated into globalization, made up of technocrats, politicians, senior civil servants, executives working for multinational companies, and journalists working for the mainstream media. The members of this class live in Paris and the main cities of France.
The second group lives in the suburbs of the main cities and in no-go zones (“Zones Urbaines Sensibles”). It consists mainly of immigrants. The French upper class, who rule, recruit such people to serve it directly or indirectly. They are poorly paid, but highly subsidized by the government, and increasingly live according to their own cultures and standards.
The third group is extremely large: it is the rest of the population. It is this group that is called “peripheral France.” Its members are made up of low-ranking civil servants, blue collar workers and former blue-collar workers, employees in general, craftsmen, small entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, farmers, and the unemployed.
For the ruling upper class, they are useless. The ruling upper class treat them as regrettable dead weight and expect nothing from them except silence and submission. (side comment: Astonishing but this is the majority French population being described as “useless” Yet it is this parasitic elite who are really useless and worse)
Members of “peripheral France” have been driven out of the suburbs by the influx of immigrants and the emergence of no-go zones.
These “peripherals”, for the most part, live 30 kilometers or more from the big cities. They can see that the upper class dismisses them. They have a hard time making ends meet. They pay taxes but can see that a growing portion is being used to subsidize the very people who drove them out of their suburban homes. When Macron lowered the taxes of the wealthiest, but increased the taxes of the “peripherals” with a fuel tax, it was seen as the last straw — in addition to his arrogant condescension.”
“In a recent interview Guilluy said that the “yellow vests” movement is a desperate awakening of “peripheral France”. He predicted that despite Macron’s efforts to displace the problem, the awakening will last, and that either Macron “will recognize the existence of these people, or he will have to opt for totalitarianism”.
For the moment, Macron does not seem to want to recognize that these people even exist.”
The French economy has been run into the ground by EU directives aimed at deindustrialising the country
“The French economy is, in fact, sclerotic. The Index of Economic Freedom created by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal ranks it 71st in the world (35th among the 44 countries in the Europe region) and notes that “the government spending accounts for more than half of total domestic output”.
France has lost almost all its factories (industrial jobs account for only 9.6% of total employment). Its agriculture is in ruins, despite huge European subsidies: 30% percent of French farmers earn less than 350 euros ($400) a month and dozens commit suicide each year. In the high-tech sector, France is essentially absent.”
French agriculture used to be huge and their tech amongst the best in Europe . Now completely and deliberately ruined.
Typical of globalist EU policies aimed at culture and nation destruction – “In parallel, each year, 200,000 immigrants from Africa or the Arab world, often without skills, arrive.”
The author sees no alternative but a long hard battle for the GJs and the likelihood that France will become even more totalitarian than ever.
What struck me about the article was how as in France so in the EU at large, where the political parties only represent the interests of the oligarchs and the 99.9% have no voice whatsoever in their parliaments and this this could be held true for every one of the EU vassal states all of which are to some degree waking up to the fact.
A huge conflict is brewing. The yellow vests are the vanguard.
One curious point about the “three distinct groupings” (I gather this has been articulated by the social geographer Christophe Guilluy): many bobos are in the first group, aligning themselves with the upper class and technocrats. The bobos (short for bourgeois-bohème) are middle-class urban hipsters with money — i.e. fashion-conscious urban liberals —, often employed in the media, marketing, or music business, environmentally conscious and “progressive” with respect to many social issues.
These changes in French society sound a little bit like what Thomas Frank describes as the emergence of the self-identified “creative class” in the US, which aligns itself with the Democrats and feels contempt for the “deplorables” who supported Trump. The French context is different, of course, but the common point is a significant fracturing between these different groups.
If France has de-industrialized, then where have the factories and corresponding jobs gone?
Is France importing as much as possible from Germany, or are finished goods coming from China?
Why did France fight and win two world wars against the Germans if the French elites were later going to submit to German dominance via the EU?
To low wage countries, often accompanied by complete production facilities. Same is true for many other countries in western Europe. Best quality textiles from for example Twente, Netherlands, and the same happening to famous manufacturers from Belgium, France, etc. all disappeared to China, India, Indonesia and after the disappearance of the Soviet Union sometimes to Eastern Europe.
Thank you very much for posting this translation about the situation in France. Highly informative.
The thing is that I am finding difficult to get information in the english language on what is going on. The MSM “shutdown” about this is quite telling. I would love to have a weekly update from the comrades in France here in English, if such thing is feasible. Just a suggestion.
If i may, I would like recommend 2 sources:
youtube: Le Media por Tous (english subtitles).
Subtitles are not always available (although they are supposedly available) or not ready till several days later, I wonder why. Very good “on the ground” journalism.
web: elterritoriodellince.blogspot (in Spanish). Venezuela, France and international issues.
Thanks again to the Saker and Le Saker Francophone for their very important job. Also many thanks to the moderators and several of the regular people that post in this remarkable website.
I also recommend Le Media pour tous. https://lemediapourtous.fr. It has very good, informative, “on the ground” reporting. The subtitles for the reports of the weekly Actes of the Gilets Jaunes normally appear some days after the reports are published.
D Notice on Yellow Vests By wmw_admin on February 3, 2019 BBC insider reveals a gagging order has been placed on the Yellow Jackets protests, meaning the elite are worried about a “European Spring” developing http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=183176. D-Notice is an official request to editors and the news media in general not to publish reports on specified topics. D-Notices are issued supposedly for reasons of “national security”, although they are often used to conceal information that might be considered more politically compromising […] According to an anonymous BBC insider a new gagging order has been placed on coverage pertaining to the French Yellow Jackets movement (see below). This means that the powers that be are seriously concerned about the protests and are doing their utmost to prevent them spreading. Note that the BBC insider claims that the government views the Yellow Jackets protests as a “threat to all European governments and are trying to prevent a ‘European Spring’ type situation”. To this end the corporate media, including the BBC, are preparing pre-written stories in case an escalation of events forces them to cover the Yellow Jacket protests. If they are then forced to report on the protests the media have been instructed to link them with the “Far right” and the Front National. As the correspondent who sent this in noted : this explains why reports about protests in France have suddenly become far less prominent in the media.
How does a thoroughly failed society like the UK, whose presstitute media accepts D-notices issued willy-nilly, proclaim itself a Free Society with a Free Press? How do people become such vile, lying, hypocrites?
If the Yellow Vests movement were happening in a country that is on America/Europe’s hit-list, the vaunted free press would be providing loving coverage of this movement 24/7 and there would likely have been calls for “humanitarian” bombing and air strikes against said country.
But since this is France…. the sound of crickets chirping is heard.
”The attempted counter-demonstration in support of Macron, called the Foulards rouges [the Red Scarves], took place on January 27th and gathered only a few thousand people, all in Paris and nobody in the provinces.”
Make that Les Soûlards bougent. Really: Are there any sober people around who would demonstrate for this offal? BHL?
Vive la France!!!!
Thank you for the informative report! Canada’s Francophone media is reporting on the Yellow Vests. Here’s coverage on Act 13 from Montreal’s Lapresse:
I am becoming more and more convinced that the route these brave people in france have taken is the only, only, route for citizens here in the zionist dominated/controlled us; elections, my a__, judiciary/justice, my a__, trust the plan, my a__;
Trump (and Q if you like) have been a gigantic con, we have been played, we have been fed promises of disclosures, indictments (where are we, ~5000 sealed, GTMO staffed up, blah, blah, we have election fraud up the___ and not one thing has been done. Snipes, the fraudster on payroll of wasserman shultz has been reinstated after being fired, I could go on and on and on.
The real question is how to do this-have no idea, and I have quite a large number of miles in my moccasins that I prob not the guy to head for the ramparts-will support if necessary/possible!
I have noted unfortunately that the protesters are suffering more and more serious injuries, eyes, hand blown off-I think this reflects orders from the Rothschilds to take the gloves off. Those rubber bullet guns, as I undestand, are not precision weapons so the range has to be close to hit eyes-and that is what they are doing to permanently damage the eyes.
It is time, in my opinion, to stop with the zionist bull sheet!
It’s reminiscent of Kashmir where the Hindutva regime, long advised by its partners in vigorous Islamophobic hatred, Israel, has utilised bird-shot, designed to cause blindness, against the restive and oppressed Moslem population. Hundreds have been blinded by bird-shot shot at head height, including bystanders and other innocents. When ophthalmologists had success in extracting the shot and averting blindness, the Indian thugs substituted irregular shaped shot for the round type, making eye-sight salvage more difficult. Yet this horror is unreported in the Western fakestream media sewer, as India is seen as a pawn to be used against China, and an ally in the War of Terror against Islam.
Thanks for this report. Is there any chance that we will get what Soral and Dieudonné are saying about the Revolution?
I found this two photos on the internet which direct the attention towards the words of these two figures:
Interesting and timely article:
And Venezuela is just the most recent blatant example of the empire in action. Ask yourself, honestly, what have the “American” regime change ops throughout the Greater Middle East done for any actual Americans, other than get a lot of them killed? Oh, and how about those bailouts for all those transnational “American” investment banks? Or the billions “America” provides to Israel? Someone please explain how enriching the shareholders of transnational corporations like Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin by selling billions in weapons to Saudi Arabian Islamists is benefiting “the American people.” How much of that Saudi money are you seeing? And, wait, I’ve got another one for you. Call up your friendly 401K manager, ask how your Pfizer shares are doing, then compare that to what you’re paying some “American” insurance corporation to not really cover you.
Or, who knows, Americans (and other Western consumers) might take a page from those Yellow Vests, set aside their political differences (or at least ignore their hatred of each other long enough to actually try to achieve something), and focus their anger at the politicians and corporations that actually run the empire, as opposed to, you know, illegal immigrants and imaginary legions of Nazis and Russians. In the immortal words of General Buck Turgidson, “I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed,” but, heck, it might be worth a try, especially since, the way things are going, we are probably going end up out there anyway.
The problem the Yellow Vests have is that Macron and his militarized police goons are just the tip of the iceberg… the YVs are fighting globalized neoliberalized capitalism – so every other globalized, neoliberalized capitalist country in the world – US, UK, Canada, Austrailia, etc, etc… as well. I wish the YVs every success but they have their work cut out for them. If you think the US and the others are going to let Macron capitulate – you’re sorely mistaken.
The Yellow Vests are showing the way .You either seat home and watch evil spreading by the day, or you do something against it .They are being fought by Macron with an unseen level of violence,while France is slowly turning into a totalitarian police state.But that’s no wonder when you see that the president of the European Parlement holds in public revisionist fascist speaches ,in broad day light ,with absolutely no reaction from EU executive bodies.
The time has come ……
for the record, those riot grenades ‘grenades de désencerclement’ contain 25gr of TNT
Explosive projectiles less than 400 gm are prohibited in warfare by law. Prohibited in war between States. This prohibition does not, according to some claims, apply when a State uses such projectiles against unarmed crowds, only against armed soldiers in a conflict, and Imperial Lusts and rationalizations claim that the Empire can use whatever it likes against any target.
It is interesting as a matter of legal logic though, that if the YV were armed in conflict with the cryptonazi Cop types, then the use would be quite clearly prohibited, at least for the French State.
Withal, two laws which seem to be violated by the use of the 45gm projectiles>
Paris Carracas a pair
Typical of globalist EU policies aimed at culture and nation destruction, in parallel each year hundred of thousend immigrants from Africa or the Arab world often undocumented and without skills, arrives to Italy, and because of this deplorable non-stop invasion, we felt obliged to protect our country, we were forced to close our ports, “Macron have called Italy irresponsible”
Thank you very much for posting this article about France, it was very informative, it was long overdue and now finally the whole conflict in France is coming to the surface, to light.
There seems to be, here and there, some who say the JG is false, curated, a psychop of some sort. I expect that’s not true…and note this essay>
Some may note that the off-guardian article comes with supporting evidence and logical argument based on observation, end notes, etc.
I am sure that Jupiter and the sans-culottes have, each party, their respective backs to the sea…the violence is liable to increase and spread far beyond the present distribution, as no party has the option of compromise or surrender.
Thanks to Acacia for this quote: “The bobos (short for bourgeois-bohème) are middle-class urban hipsters with money.” Previously I had difficulty with this term as used in an essay (only in French) by Thierry Meyssan. Acacia confirms my tentative understanding.
Parr, I often wondered why bohème? Where did it originate? Because Bohemia is a region in Czechy (Popularly known as Czech Republic). I haven’t been able to come with an answer, although I had some suspicions, which I am not going to air.
On the other hand, it seems that more and more protests are cross-party lines except the neo-liberal globalists, because there are other issues at stake here, which are against the globalist agenda.
bohême come from a bit gypsies aka les bohêmiens,,,the free, esprit bohême is like a child for the bobo and free of bounds
If Macron were to step down, his replacement is likely to be someone unacceptable to the French and European elites.
Therefore, Macron will be allowed to do (and is doing) whatever it takes to hang onto power.
In other words, expect much worse.
The attempted counter-demonstration in support of Macron is not a grass-roots movement. Macron and his globalists are corrupt to the hilt and are behind it, as Macron despises the very people who elected him, like the rest of the politicians who get elected across Europe. The Gilets jaunes movement will not be extinguished but neither will who ever holds the strings that guides the state. They’ve planned too long to give up power now.
One wonders what Macron and his entourage had in mind with such a ludicrous non-event. Unlike fascism, neoliberalism is unapologetically and utterly elitist. Once in power, it doesn’t promote popular manifestations of any kind. Fascism, by contrast, is like the Maidan: massive crowds egged on by extreme demagoguery and the allure of unrestrained violence. Did Macron really imagine he had the charisma of Hitler and Mussolini? Pathetic.
”As for the Prime Minister, he just submitted to the parliament an ’anti-hooligans law’ which, in his opinion, is ’not at all a law due to the actual conditions’ but a law to allow demonstrators to demonstrate in complete safety”
At long last someone realized it was high past time substituting a new pejorative for that long exhausted T word; hats off. Somebody more suspicious than me might have feel tempted to explain this ’anti-hooligans law’ by attempts at demonstrations for this abominable regime and the ensuing reactions.
France needs a Podemos Party as in Spain. A Parti Pouvons is about time, an anti austerity party.
Saker, the GiletJaunes are not an organic phenomena.
The GiletJaunes web address registered just one day after Macron came to power
Which “web adress”? Go and find a “web adress” for this movement, and if you find one, let us know….
sorry, but it will be no hot spring in France! It weill at best end like the G8 Meeting in Genua in 2001 where the anti-globalisation moment was assassinated and ended.
Some recent and short analysis about the movement: https://strategika51.org/2019/02/19/france-the-macron-regime-use-ideology-to-get-rid-of-the-yellow-vest/