by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog
The most important thing to understand about France’s Yellow Vest movement is that the Mainstream Media wants you to view it as an isolated incident which exists in a vacuum, when we are much better served to look at in a continuum.
When the Yellow Vests started I was not foolish to say: “So what?”
After all, the Yellow Vest movement is dwarfed by France’s first major anti-austerity protests in the fall of 2010. When Nicolas Sarkozy backtracked on a promise to raise the retirement age France saw 7 marches in 8 weeks with (conservatively) 1.5 million marchers each time. Over just one week there were three different marches with perhaps 3 million people! The three Yellow Vest marches – and all are on Saturdays, to make it easier for people to attend – only reached 300,000 demonstrators one time. So we’re talking 10 times smaller than in 2010 per protest, and something like 30 times smaller if we compare the two movements overall.
Unsurprisingly, I have yet to read of this “ancient history” in any of the Anglophone Mainstream Media coverage of the Yellow Vests. It’s “vacuum versus continuum” in terms of journalistic approach.
I summarise the “continuum” approach in an original saying about journalism (at least I think it’s original): “A journalist without experience is just somebody with a notepad and a pen.”
Some Mainstream journalist who doesn’t know about 2010 – do they really grasp what the Yellow Vests are about? Because the Yellow Vests were definitely there back in 2010…but they remained in the car (Reflective yellow vests in your car are required by French law: in case you get a flat tire or something, you have the vest to put on for safety from oncoming traffic.).
So, if we believe the living-in-a-vacuum Mainstream Media then the Yellow Vest protests are finished: President Emmanuel Macron just canceled the diesel tax hikes. The protests are no longer necessary, right?
There is no reason why AFP, AP, Reuters and everybody else spent all that time saying “diesel tax, diesel tax, diesel tax” other than: they are either purposely misleading people by viewing the diesel tax in total isolation from previous policies, or they are a bunch of inexperienced newbies, or they just want to be proven right for repeatedly making this absurd diesel tax claim. My point: it’s all bad journalism.
Second-most important thing to realize about austerity: it has accumulated
I hear and read stories about the French in 2018 similar to what I used to read about Greece in 2012 – because austerity is cumulative.
It is not just one tax / measure / policy / reform: it is all of them combined. And we are talking about 8 years’ worth.
“Ramin, you are usually awfully long-winded. Do you get paid by the word? Even in your funny columns, you could use an editor. Just explain what you mean about this in real-world terms!”
Fine – hear ya go:
French inflation, according to my calculations, has increased by 14% since 2008: therefore, people have effectively taken a 14% wage cut in 10 years. This helps explain why “decreased purchasing power” has been the number one concern of the French year after year after year.
Salaries in France are already low to start with:1,700 euros is the median net salary, which is far lower than Anglo-US-Germanic countries.
Ok, so you have a lousy salary to start with, which has lost 14% of its value in the last decade. But inflation is not caused by the policy of neoliberal / trickle-down / austerity economics, of course.
But France does have austerity, so 14% is not the only reduction: we must account for the impact on salaries of 8 years of cuts to social services, because a key plank of austerity is reducing the size of the government. This means YOU foot the bill for many services the government used to totally provide or subsidise.
So let’s say, conservatively, because it really depends on the size of your family and what their needs are, that this has effectively lowered your yearly salary 5% overall during the Age of Austerity. Your salary is now actually worth about 20% less than in 2008.
Now let’s add in the new taxes imposed by austerity, because austerity means that the French state taxes workers and not capital, and more than ever. Did you expect that high finance would pay for their failed bets? Ha ha, you are funny – you probably say things like “France is socialist”, too. For example: two years ago they increased my council tax (the annual tax I pay for renting an apartment, so that I avoid things like getting rained on and assault-while-sleeping) by 60%. I don’t know how that’s legal or morally defensible, and I was enraged, but how could I stop them? It went from to €1,285 in 2016 to €2,134 in 2017.
So let’s say, conservatively, that the increased taxes imposed by austerity have taken just 5% of your salary over the last 10 years: your salary is now down 25% from 2008.
Of course, losing 25% of your wages in 10 years is no problem IF your wages have increased 25%.
In 2008 the government claimed the median salary was €1,580 per month for a full-time worker. In 2015, which is this year’s data from the government (why are they so behind schedule, probably because austerity means firing/not replacing government workers), the median salary was €1,692. This means that the median salary has only increased 7%.
So we can conservatively estimate that the median citizen has lost 18% of their salary in real terms since 2008, all thanks to following austerity economics.
For people making €1,700 per month in 2018…losing €306 per month is a huge, huge problem. For childless, former Rothschild bankers who married elderly chocolate heiresses/statutory rapists…€306 only means skimping on the wine tonight.
But wait, it’s worse!
Not only has austerity taken this huge cut out of your already-meagre salary, they have made it significantly more likely that you will lose your poorly-paying job due to long-standing, near-record unemployment levels in France.
This pressure exists because another plank of austerity is the reduction of and/or the refusal to spend government money on job-creating infrastructure PLUS the insistence on giving tax breaks to corporations and businessmen WITH zero strings attached (such as the promise of jobs).
And, the coup de grace, austerity means reduced safety conditions, making firing easier and loosening oversight rules – as a way to encourage hiring – so your poor-paying job is even more disagreeable.
And who has arrived on the scene immune to these pressures, and thus just oozing life, but “old Mackie” Emmanuel Macron. Well, when the shark bites with his teeth, babe, and the scarlet billows start to spread – Mackie’s got them fancy gloves, so there’s never a trace of red. Never a trace of policy-sweat, either: he controls his brand-new political party, which has an absolute majority in Parliament. France is Macron’s little austerity laboratory, and he doesn’t care about public opinion and nor does he have to.
So the “real-world terms” in France are: major cuts in take home pay, combined with job insecurity, combined with a mad neoliberal scientist who doesn’t believe he was elected to reflect the popular will but to rule as he technocratically thinks best.
Can you hear the Mainstream Media shouting to drown me out: “The problem is just the diesel tax, just the diesel tax I tell ya!”
Let’s be real journalists and do the math, and give the context, and recount the history
Want me to quickly debunk Macron’s rationale for the diesel tax, which is dutifully placed at the top of every Mainstream Media report?
France’s auto industry made a failed bet on diesel in the 1980s. Result: a whopping 80% of French passenger cars now run on diesel. Pretty clear why the diesel tax is so widely unpopular, no?
Diesel is dirtier than regular gas, but has always been cheaper – until old Mackie came along. But Macron’s “this tax is needed to pay for a necessary ecological transition” is pure bull: Instead of taxing stockholders, corporations and car dealership owners for this failed bet (i.e., the ones who profited) Macron is capitalistically taxing labor (workers, households). There are myriad other ways to make the necessary auto-ecological transition than taxing the average person…but not in capitalism.
People think France is “socialist” because they have a great social safety net, but it remains a capitalist country because they tax labor and not the 1% / management to pay for this safety net. That is the reason the median salary is so low compared with other Western nations. The diesel tax is not the only example of this – ALL French taxes are: It’s so bad that in 2018 all the wages of the average French worker from January 1 until July 27 went to the taxman, to give some real-world context. (In Iran, being so heavily socialist-inspired, 50% of the population pays zero taxes, including every farmer – the money comes from oil revenue (socialistically state-owned) and businesses.)
That’s some context for the latest austerity measure – the diesel tax -which is no different from a banker bailout because Macron wanted to capitalistically make the average person pay for the failures of high finance / alleged technocrats / the rich bosses once again.
But what about the many austerity measures which preceded this one? That laundry list is long and stinking, but I’ll make it brief because I think it matters:
The first austerity cuts were rushed through in 2011, with 2012 serving as France’s first official austerity budget. The reason: the “confidence fairy” and France’s AAA bond rating. Did the People want them? Sarkozy became the first French president not to be re-elected in 30 years.
I remember when Francois “The Ultimate Patsy” Hollande came along in 2012. He was a formerly-fat, witty, jovial, (alleged) Everyman from rural France. Surely HE would understand the popular will and do what he promised: break with the Austerity Party line enforced by Brussels, as his campaign was built around a promise to renegotiate the Orwellian-named EU Stability and Growth Pact. I really can’t express how high optimism was in May 2012 – evil Sarkozyites were traitors, and France was truly going to lead a Latin Bloc La Résistance against the arrogant Germans, Dutch and usurious Northern bankers.
Instead, Hollande broke the Socialist Party.
He backtracked on ending austerity on November 6, 2012, by announcing another round of it, and which contained basically all the neoliberal, economically-regressive measures proposed by Sarkozy during the presidential campaign. It was Obama turning into Dubya Bush à la française. The very next day Hollande announced the approval of a draft law to legalise gay marriage and adoption. Funny how I never read about this connection in the Mainstream Media, ever, even though it was a simply atrocious act of societal and political manipulation of the media agenda. That alone was enough to turn many French off of politics for years.
Yellow Vests were thus diverted to enormous anti-gay rights marches, instead of being at anti-austerity marches, but the vests still remained in the car.
How much time do you have to discuss incredibly repressive anti-government protests during the Hollande era? How about after the State of Emergency was imposed? How about the “France has free speech except for pro-Palestinians, whose marches we ban”? What about the 2014 months of protests, led by the rail workers – I dutifully filled up my car with gas (it’s such a fancy car that I was able to buy it entirely with €1 and €2 coins, LOL) in order to help provoke fuel shortages, which have only just barely begun in the current, far-weaker iteration of fuel depot blockades. What about the 2016 Labor Code reforms, when it was all-out war on Hollande?
I never did discover a Western presidential incumbent who was so unpopular that he couldn’t even run for re-election. Feel free to finally provide me with an answer to that trivia question, because for now Hollande is that punchline to that joke.
But Hollande sure did punch – protesters, that is. I don’t know what NGOs are doing but it’s not compiling this data, so off the top of my head – and after asking other journalists – I would estimate that at least 15-20,000 citizens were arrested at anti-government protests during the Hollande era, with 20-30,000 hurt (and truly countless tear-gassed and harassed by cops). Hey, you had 4,000 protesters taken to court by the government during the 2016 protests alone – how many got arrested but were not given court cases? And how many more would have been arrested had not over 600 demonstrations been banned by “liberté-loving” France during the 2-year State of Emergency, with countless others strangled in the cradle? The anal rape of a young Black man by cops with their truncheon in 2017 isn’t necessarily economic austerity-related, but it is evidence of emboldened state repression: my headline sums up the Hollande era when it comes to “Frnce’s love for freedom of assembly”: Cop violence at Paris demo against cop violence.
And how much time do you have to discuss incredibly repressive anti-government protests during 18 months of Macron? The labor code part 2 reform, the rail reform, the education reform, hospital reform, normalization of the state of emergency reform – all have been met with majority-opposition from the People and the same state violence.
So when 400 people got arrested and over 130 anti-government protesters were hurt at the Arc de Triomphe protests last week – this is not seriously different from many other violent protests over the past 8 years!
I admit, I have never seen the Arc de Triomphe tagged with graffiti, but that’s the only real novelty – the violence is totally de rigeur in French political life and anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or a liar.
Or they are hypocrites, because violence against anti-government protesters is apparently ok…in Western countries. Since 2011 I have been saying on PressTV: “If this was Iran, Cuba, China or Venezuela the West would be calling for a humanitarian intervention to save the people from such anti-democratic aggression.”
I eventually stopped saying it – I just got tired of it, ya know? Rather, the West’s hypocrisy just got acceptable. Terrible journalism on my part.
I guess I also stopped being upset over people getting hurt at demonstrations for the same reason – it became mundane, normal. More bad journalism – and bad humanity, and bad citizenship – on my part.
However, I didn’t do what the Anglophone media simply loves to do: I never blamed French protesters for the violence. My God, the Anglophones and their “Keep calm and carry on” worship of law and order at all they costs…what a bunch of sheep, eh? They wouldn’t revolt under any circumstances, I’d say.
Of course, unlike those idiot commentators I have been at innumerable violent protests and choked down litres of tear gas. Fact one: if the cops fail to stop violence it is the fault of the cops, as that is their primary job. Fact two: if the government provokes violent protests, it is the fault of the government, as it is their job to promote policies which do not inspire citizen rebellion. Fact three: France’s armed-to-the-teeth riot police are inherently provoking to the increasingly-poor and increasingly-repressed Frenchmen who come to protest the government and not to get intimidated by it, so their whole plan is designed to fail…and purposely – we talk about the violence and not the reasons nor the past. More “politics in a vacuum and not a continuum”.
Future of Yellow Vests – going on vacation, I’m betting
Of course the Yellow Vesters are going on vacation shortly – it’s December 6. The past 10 years of French history ALWAYS shows that the protesters – no matter how hot, blue and righteous – prefer taking a vacation to sustaining their political momentum. Nothing must stand in the way of several weeks off in December-January and August!
This is, of course, is why they keep losing.
So here’s a real easy test for you to see if the Yellow Vests are different: If the French are seriously protesting on the couple days on either side of Christmas or New Year’s Eve – that would be a revolution in political norms.
But I’ve seen it year after year, so I predict the protests will stop after December 16, and then re-start in January but necessarily weakened. The French sure do make it easy for the politicians they truly despise.
But maybe not so weakened upon restarting….
Beyond the Arc de Triomphe graffiti, I am seeing things I’ve never seen before – like a motorcyclist in rush hour wearing a Yellow Vest with “General Strike – Let’s Stop It All”. Anybody who knows anything knows that a general strike – the only demonstration which actually hurts the pockets of the 1% – is the only way to get any true political change anywhere in the world and at any time (barring outright revolution and rebellion).
Maybe this is the year Santa Claus is not the priority?
People outside of France ask me: will there be a revolution? Here is my stock answer:
No: a huge percentage of French are just as insanely committed and prideful about their outdated, 19th-century based system as the Americans. This is the true legacy of imperialism – unmerited arrogance about your system. Iranians use “arrogance” and “imperialism” interchangeably for very logical and obvious reasons.
But, once again, maybe not so arrogant after 8 years of austerity….
The far-left (true left) and far-right are making unprecedented calls for new elections, for referendums, for things which are rather radical. Let’s not forget that in the 2017 presidential first round vote 19.5% of the electorate voted for Jean-Luc Melenchon (just 2 points less than Marine Le Pen), whose platform included abolishing the 5th Republic. So in France you have an inordinate amount of arrogant jingoists whose parents grew up in French Algeria, but there definitely is a sizeable part of the population which knows things are fundamentally wrong about France’s Liberal-and-not-Socialist Democracy-influenced structure.
And the problem is definitely structural – it is not just the price of diesel.
Any true “Yellow Vest Revolution” would have to include a drastic rewriting of the rules of the European Union and especially the Eurozone, or else a Frexit. Both of those institutions were constructed in the heyday of the fall of the USSR , and thus at a time where socialism was at its absolute nadir. Their birth chart is significant because the two are designed with 1%-safety hatches to escape anything close to true popular democracy. The structure of these two institutions are truly the triumph of “Americanism”, and their neoliberal, self-cannibalizing socio-political thought. Indeed, the US runs on a system inspired by the English, French and Europe, but Continental Europe runs on a system inspired by the US…ironic. And unfortunate.
If the Yellow Vest movement proves to be different it will be largely because of this: they have, and they allow, no leaders or spokespeople. The Prime Minister admitted that he cannot meet with any Yellow Vests, because the ones he arranges to meet with keep getting death threats from fellow Yellow Vesters.
The reason this is so important is: the government cannot co-opt or buy off the movement.
Take French unions for example – there are nine big ones. There was a span lasting from 2010 to 2018 when they didn’t march together once, even though their members all hate austerity. Obviously, they are not united at all. What I have seen year after year in France is: there are anti-austerity strikes and hopes are high…but then the government buys off one or two of the unions with targeted concessions. Those unions say, “We’ve satisfied our members, as is our duty,” and they pull out. Thus, the strikes are now less impactful on the pockets of the 1%, and they are emboldened. Those still striking feel betrayed and see the lack of solidarity, and the strike soon collapses because too many people went back to work. It’s all as easy as pie for the ruling technocrats and 1%, whereas all an increasingly-poor average worker can say each year is: “This time it will be different.” It likely won’t be – French unions have signed off on every major austerity measure, after all.
All of that should go a long way in explaining why socialist countries like Iran, Cuba and China ban independent trade unions – for them the state IS the union.
You can be sure the Yellow Vests are certainly aware of the failure of the philosophy underpinning Western unionism, and thus they are trying to prevent being similarly co-opted or sold out. The death threats and opposition to any leadership are now given context: radicalization and the demand for new methods has accumulated, due to the accumulation of austerity; it is not merely the presence of (politically over-idealistic and step-skipping) French anarchism.
The Yellow Vest Movement also doesn’t even have a program or a list of clear demands which could be satisfied…and I say “right on”.
Their list of demands should be SO long and SO varied that it would take months just to compile it…because their demands are the combined demands of 8 years of anti-austerity protests.
Who are the Yellow Vests, after all? They are all those workers, students, pensioners, teachers, hospital staff, etc. who have been protesting and gotten only tear gas and failure for their efforts. They all have ignored demands which must be addressed, no?
So they don’t need a short & clear program which creates a quite fix because France’s problem is – just like the EU and the Eurozone – structural, cultural and endemic.
Is this a Yellow Vest Cultural Revolution, or just another failed anti-austerity protest?
People will mock me, but something like a Chinese or Iranian Cultural Revolution is clearly needed: several years of shutting down institutions and having major public political discussions in order to have both a huge rethink on societal structures and to get “Rebel Red Guards/Yellow Vests” into local positions of power.
Disagree? Ok, then answer this: How long can this go on?
I don’t mean the Yellow Vest protests – I mean citizen acceptance of anti-democratic austerity. Anything is possible, after all – give me a real figure, please: The Eurozone has had a Lost Decade (which the Mainstream Media never openly admits): will Eurozone citizens tolerate a Lost Score, like the Japanese did?
I say no: Japan is an island, ethnically and culturally homogenous, and they own their debt and cannot be foreclosed on. The Eurozone has none of these advantages.
Here’s another issue I’d like an actual answer on: How long can France have a president and a government which believes public opinion only matters once every five years? One more presidential election? Maybe you believe three more? I admit, anything is possible.
Again, I say no. The Socialist Party is smashed, the mainstream conservative party was routed almost as badly, and Macron’s party – at this rate – will be just a blip in France’s political history books, because they are even less popular than Hollande was at the same point in his term. So who is the party which will be running in 2027? We have no idea in France, much less in 2022.
So when I say that new people in local positions in power are not just needed, that is an understatement: they appear absolutely inevitable.
Another question requiring an actual answer: Where is the political party or grassroots movement which can tangibly implement the Yellow Vests’ will, once that will is known? I am not being obtuse – what is the political pathway for them?
The only alternatives which are not smashed (or soon to be discredited) and still within the realm of possibility are Le Pen and the far-left (real left).
But I don’t think such a Red-Brown alliance can happen in France, however: hatred for the National Front cannot be overestimated, and Le Pen permanently lost many by clowning against Macron in their 2017 debate instead of realising she had a chance to win. Uber-intense anti-Le Pen / Rassemblement National sentiment is the only explanation that France chose a 40-year old Rothschild banker 6 years into austerity. And we can’t overestimate the anti-leftist feeling in France: France neo-imperialist, France capitalist, France Islamophobic, etc. Melenchon came so very close in 2017, but he has the entire media landscape against him, and for many his past as a Socialist Party member until as late as 2008.
Therefore, a real political option – but only by default – is that the Yellow Vests turn into Italy’s Five-Star movement, because they lack any other route to translating their political will, when declared (or if declared, given French anarchism).
But Five-Star took 8 years to coalesce and win power – the Yellow Vests are still in month #1.
However, as my headline notes, this has essentially been the same protest for 8 years, going on 9, so maybe France as a whole is “there”? Maybe the timeline is speeded up in the digital age, too? That’s a significant psychological consideration, but Italy does not give us much hope for 4G political speed in France.
Given the 90,000 cops to be deployed on December 8, it appears that the Yellow Vests are still in “smash” mode, as they should be. Austerity has accumulated after the Great Recession, so there is much to demolish: namely, received wisdoms such as France is democratic, functioning well, rather-socialist, sovereign, etc; there’s also the pan-European ideas (beloved by the French elite) that these new institutions have been beneficial, successful, are the only thing preventing European War III, etc. Lotta nonsense to bring down to earth.
They say we can never predict a revolution, but we do know what precedes successful revolutions: years (if not decades) of nationwide, constant, family-splitting political discussion and involvement combined with drastic measures of self-sacrifice. That was the case in Russia in 1917 and in Iran in 1979 – thus their Revolutions were more aptly-termed bloodless “Celebrations”.
France is a long way from celebrating anything but Christmas, but I can report that all anybody is talking about is the Gilet Jaunes. However, we are truly only on the 6th day of this nationwide ferment, though, so…some perspective.
But, as far as my 2 centimes, I predict they will take Christmas and New Year’s off. And when they come back the same problems will be there. This is a very cynical and depressing point of view – maybe after 10 years here I have become French? – but those are the facts and the historical pattern.
What is also a fact is that the Yellow Vests may or may not change things, but that things in France and the Eurozone simply must change. And they will – someday. See, I’m not that French – I’m optimistic!
And for damn sure I am a Yellow Vest. So is everyone else I’ve talked to, and that means something big…at least for now.
Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has appeared in various journals, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and television. He can be reached on Facebook.
A secure, well paying, blue-collar job!
Undoubtedly, the solution to many of France’s problems. The top two threats to that aspiration are:
-1- Immigration — More people competing for the same jobs means that employees can and will pay less.
-2- Big Government — Both direct taxes & regulation effectively sap the spending powers of wage earners.
The two problems converge in the “Benelux” where mostly non-working, non-assimilating immigrants demand money from Big Government to prevent violence. To fund that protection racket Big Government impoverishes its own citizens with austerity taxes to pay the bribes.
Given that the current EU structure motivates mass migration, both legal and illegal, it is hard to see how any French government “Real Right”, “Real Left”, or coalition can tackle the problem by itself. Fundamentally, the EuroZone (currency) and EU need to be eliminated so that anti-citizen elites no longer have the levers of power to push their agenda. There is an opportunity for the French people to join the people of Denmark, Italy, Hungary, and Poland to bring the whole corrupt system down.
Only then can the difficult task begin. Emigrating out the invasive non-French population that is crippling the nation. Once population, jobs, and taxes return to a more historically reasonable balance, real wages will allow the real French people to live as they once did.
It is of course standard operating procedure in the Elite Handbook to Power and Privilege that when the people object to your low wages and high rents and taxes and food and fuel costs that it must then all be blamed on ‘migrants’ and ‘immigration’. After all, if you don’t give the people you are robbing someone to hate, they might grab the pitchforks and torches and climb the hill to your castle.
“that it must then all be blamed on ‘migrants’ and ‘immigration’.”
And Russian “aggression”, “propaganda” and “election interference”, don’t forget to blame the Russians…
“that it must then all be blamed on ‘migrants’ and ‘immigration’.”
And Russian “aggression”, “propaganda” and “election interference”, don’t forget to blame the Russians…
And Muslims are to get you for your freedom
This is off-topic – please take to the MFC. This article is about France and current unrest. Mod.
Denmark is rolling out a new tool to contain violent Islam:
the idea that the poor immigrant is the reason that you too are poor is laughable, The reason you are both poor are the rich, the banks and the Macrons of this world
Can we test that belief?
As an objective experiment I propose that the French government for ten years bring:
— Immigration into France to near zero, &
— Subsidies to current immigrants to zero
Then we could measure the improvement in the life of French citizens vs. citizens of other countries with permissive mass immigration policies.
Of course, the Privileged EU Elites will never allow this objective proof that their mass immigration theology doesn’t work.
As an objective experiment I propose that the French government for ten years starts the colossal task of giving back what they ve stolen and stop what they are currently stealing from the “past” colonies and for once stop interfering in affairs that don’t concern them and if they could also refrain from assasinating leaders of anti-imperliasm that the people keep voting for that would bring :
The Immigration into France to near zero
But alas western powers are more interested in having the cake and eating it as well.
Why, isn’t it our birthright as the only humans having achieved “progress” and “civilization” to steal pillage murder and massacre a whole continent snuff out any resistance subjugate people by violence for centuries and finally convince them of their inherent inferiority and that we have achieved heavens on earth aka Europe only so we could recreate our greatest achievement in pc terms modern slavery aka refugee or illegal immigrant.
Ah the sweet sweet life of our arrogance, say do you think we could finagle a deal with our lord to keep the lovely way of ours going on in the afterlife?heh cant hear you, What about the mountains upon mountains of sins of massacres rape torture and stealing we are still proud of to this day? Wellll everybody did it, right! Do you think peer pressure is an acceptable excuse to get me a pass in heaven? Besides, do you seriously think this life of luxury comes cheap? It needs a little bit of palestinian humiliation, a dash of an orphaned syrian child tears, half a teaspoon of a cries of a starving yemenis a healthy helping of a stolen innocence of childhood of a Rwandan child, after having seen all his family murdered and raped,be sure to get that one, that’s the best,also add two cups of a continent wide ethnic cleansing.
Luckily all the ingredients are in abondance, so your cushy life is guaranteed. The problem is the afterlife, if you believe in it, that is. Massacring the other unpeople doesnt count, afterall they don’t have a soul. Well I don’t either, but I have been a faithful servant to God’s chosen people so I am sure I will get a pass.
How far back so you want to go?
If you believe French colonial conquest is a problem, do you also accept that Islamic colonial conquest is a problem?
For your experiment to be balanced — Islamic colonizers need to withdraw and provide compensation to Christian raped Yazidi slave girls, brutalized Assyrian Christian children, and the tears of faithful Christian Copts assaulted and crippled for following their beliefs.
With statistically equivalent populations in place, the question can be tested — Will those compensated by French colonials be better off than those compensated by colonial Islam?
It seems likely that the former French colonies will fare better as the French left behind commercially valuable infrastructure such as schools and ports.
Let us test French colonial suffering versus Muslim colonial suffering:
– The cries of raped Yazidi Christian girls
– The suffering of conquered Assyrian Christians
– The brutalization of Christian Copts
The faithful servants of the Prophet bathed in Infidel Christian blood and suffering will surely get a pass…
First of all, they aren’t “Islamic” colonizers.
Since they haven’t followed the laws of Islam in how to wage war:in which you shouldn’t even harm a tree! Let alone children or women or the elderly or a defenseless man.
They aren’t the “faithful servants of the Prophet” since they haven’t followed a word of what he said! Not even the most basic of things like respecting women and giving them their rights or even electing a just leader.
Every injustice will be judge by God when the time comes.
But when it comes to injustice in the past that you haven’t participated in, if you agree with the oppressor or you are proud of what your ancestors commited then you will be judged among them when the times comes. Because you so obviously agree and if you had the opportunity you would do the same or at the very least you would keep quiet and wouldn’t object.( this is the you of exposition not you as in a123, I can’t know your deepest intentions afterall)
I know this discussion is leading nowhere with you since you believe that putting “violent” muslims in an island like lepers is a solution.
Let’s compare a similar situation first “the moslems” that you are so fond of have “colonized” Spain for 500 years, the colonization of the americas has just passed its 500th year mark:measure and compare.
Last time I checked muslims weren’t the ones who wiped out 2 continent worth of people or close to 50 millions souls!
Now let’s get on to the part where all colonized should be grateful for having the blessing of being colonized so they could experience the joy of having schools and roads.
I am speechless, so what exactly do you want me to do, should I prostate myself in front of you (unnecessary ad hominem removed – mod). maybe you could take the offerings of my most prized possessions. How could I ever repay you? Without you I would be nothing! I would still be a cannibal living among the trees with the monkeys. I am pretty sure we aren’t capable of critical thought, at least that’s the conclusion of hundred of years of racial studies that you have made. After all that’s why le musée des sciences humans still won’t give back 79 skulls of Algerian martyrs after 150 years!
PS: it’s Occi-den-tosis, it’s pretty hilarious the way you completely missed the point of my username. Repeat after me it’s occidentosis kinda like tuberculosis.
Another selective approach to history. You are offering us Moslem theory as opposed to Muslim practice. In the 8th century Arab Muslims invaded Spain, killing 480.000 people. After that they proceeded to France, where Charles Martel defeated them at the Battle of Poitiers in 732. During the 16th and 17th centuries Muslim corsaisrs (pirates) raided the shores of Europe, abducting European women. Some historians estimate they abducted over one million women. So much for the laws of Islam. Finally, historians estimate that Muslims killed 250 million non Muslims. Ask Hindus how many of them were killed by Muslims. By the way, what has ISIS been doing in Syria ? How many civilains did they butcher ?
Occ’s intentionally deceptive, selectivity has an Islamic purpose. (1)
SImilarly, taqiyya encourages Muslims to falsely claim that Islam is rooted in the Old Testament. Except, the Old Testament prohibits both murder and suicide. Islam, as actually practiced, explicitly contradicts the Old Testament by praising murder-suicides as martyrs.
If you want a better understanding of what Muslims actually practice check out sites that translate from Arabic and Farsi into English, such as MEMRI. (2)
You are very selective in your approach to history. Perhaps the Arabs should return what they stole from Spain. After that the Turks should return Constantinople to Greece, not to mention all they plundered from Constantinople to the gates of Vienna, which they besieged on two occasions.
Thanks for the excellent report Ramin!
It brought to mind this from a great philosopher …
George Carlin – Its a big club, and you ain’t in it.
“I never did discover a Western presidential incumbent who was so unpopular that he couldn’t even run for re-election.”
Its an old name, but Lyndon Baines Johnson during the national uprising against the Vietnam War and the 1950’s version of the American Empire comes to mind.
The last American Presidential incumbent to be so unpopular that he was defeated in a bid for re-election to be President just recently passed away and is now currently being honored as the Greatest Man in the History of the World. It must be difficult to be so Great that Bill Clinton and Ross Perot both looked better.
Stick around for a bit, and you might see the name Donald Trump added to that short list. Republicans will soon be begging him to withdraw from the next election.
You sure do make a lot of posts?
I thought of LBJ: he’s not a perfect comparison, but it is perhaps the only comparison we can make with Hollande’s situation. I’m hoping someone has another one.
I think there are too many significant differences between Holland and LBJ:
– Hollande wanted to run again, LBJ chose to withdraw
– LBJ actually served 1+ terms, due to the JFK’s assassination, so that’s an important difference
– LBJ had major health issues, and he likely would have died during his term, as he said. He only made it until 1973 anyway. Pretty coincidental timing – he died perhaps 2 days after his 1972 term would have ended.
– LBJ actually played a role in choosing his successor, whereas Hollande did not pick Benoit Hamon
– If LBJ had REALLY wanted the nomination, would he have gotten it? Modern Liberal Democratic politics certainly seems to ensure that the incumbent has a huge number of levers to pull to make that happen.
Lotta reasons why it’s not a true comparison. Who else in the West is has been so unpopular that he was flat-out unable to run again? Michel Temer of Brazil comes to mind, but Brazil is not Western.
What do you mean with Brazil is not western ? Brazil is as western as Spain, Mexico or Irland. I am Argentinian and we consider ourselves westerns as well. Or where do you think we belong to if not to the West ?
Ramin means ‘western’ in the cultural sense, I believe. And if so, I agree with him – the majority of us are descendents of African slaves (+80% are of non-European descent), and our ‘culture’ involves African-derived music (samba), African-slave food (feijoada, beans, vatapa… created with the rests of the food the slave-owners thrown to the slaves), African ‘religion’ (or non-religion: umbanda, candomble, macumba…), African musical instruments (agogo, berimbau…), etc…
But @Alejo´s claim of Argentina being West is just one more funny third world sucking up to West.
“We are also westerns, we have West deep in our hearts, we also walk around in Nike shoes, we also eat McDonald burgers, we are like you”.
Alejo can take Russians, Ukrainians, Turks, Japanese, Africans and India´s people in his hand in their sucking up to and deep wish to be Westerns.
The tragic of it all is that they sell out the best in their own culture and personality, to suck up to the worst in the Western. This is an really ugly feature. I guess its the higher salary on paper that attracts so many.
ad hominem statement removed … mod If you think that being “west” means wearing Nikes or eating in McDonalds then you should probably go back to read the history of the last 500 hundred years.According to what you said then South KOrea,Nepal and Pakistan should be considered west because people are wearing NIkes there. (I have bad news for you South Korea, Nepal and Pakistan do not belong to the west) Where do you think belongs Argentina culturally/politically ? Does it belong with Nepal, Singapore, Japan or Rwanda ? Like it or not (and I do not like Argentina being in bed with the US or Europe), the only place that Argentina belonged up until now has been the West or do you think that a country that has been colonized by Spain and received millions of italian, Spanish, French, German, Irish, etc inmigrants belongs to the Islamic, Oriental or African world ?
Go read some Argie history and then come back.
Economically, Brazil is in the South… as is Argentina and all of Latin America, Africa, and South East Asia… We are ‘the poor’, that is, we were ‘made poor’ by imperialism.
“Stick around for a bit, and you might see the name Donald Trump added to that short list.” Agree with all what you said except for this one. I think he will win again and to be honest, although I do not like him too much, I would love him to win because he is destroying the US at an incredible speed, much faster than I thought. ;). Go Dotard !
But remember when the Master falls he beforehand slaughters the slaves. Argentina again is fully back to be Empire lapdog and slap bitch, they certainly will again make a fortune out of it.
It all started when some Jews died if I’m not mistaken some years back. They really know how to play you over there and suck you dry.
Thank you so much Ramin. I was hoping you would give us some real clear sense of what the issues are and you did!
Yellow Vest for now!
This is great! Thank you
I am working on environmental issues and the take away from your article is great. No leadership!, weekend continuous marches! And all or nothing asking! It is occupy on a stepped up level. We have the same issue with the Unions, one of the few times the Unions actually stood there ground and worked with all the other groups was at the WTO in Seattle. There Longshoremen who usually refuse to have anything to do with enviros had our backs and we theirs. It lasted beyond the WTO for a few years and then stopped dead. Now they ship long shoremen to other towns to testify against regulations! I am passing this on to some groups i work with, as climate issues are in the same frame work and we need to change the whole process or never get the full support for saving the planet. Humans will save their family first! I as a mom know this, so we have to tackle the oligarch austerity 1st. In the US we have to stop the MIC.
Maybe one aspect of the French indignation and anger is that the Satanic cabal that rules the world is co-opting identity groups and minorities and migrants to support their Luciferian agenda( by basically buying them out). So the decent, productive working people have to pay not only for the Luciferian agenda, but also for buying out the identity groups which the elites often shower obscene wealth upon, supporting thereby the lifestyles of “celebrities” whom the people perceive as criminally depraved and debauched as the elites who bought them out. Another aspect might be that the French are rising up and refusing to be “good Germans” any longer. A very partial list of atrocities that the ruling establishment has enlisted the French people in, is Yemen, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Rwanda, MH17, the Skripals… the list goes on and on. More knowledgable people could probably add numerous other atrocities.
Great, very informative piece. Thank you Ramin!
And I fully agree with your assessment that “any true “Yellow Vest Revolution” would have to include a drastic rewriting of the rules of the European Union and especially the Eurozone, or else a Frexit” (I’d go further. I’d say any true revolution in Europe these days will have to start by dismantling the EU)
The piece by Coralie Delaume in Le Figaro yesterday makes it clear why this is so. http://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/politique/2018/12/06/31001-20181206ARTFIG00209-gilets-jaunes-macron-a-les-pieds-et-les-poings-lies-par-l-union-europeenne.php
It’s amazing how little European citizens know about how the Union in which they find themselves was created. One day you wake up and realize that the sovereign country where you were born no longer exists, all its relevant sovereignty has been quietly taken and transferred away over decades. Gone. You are now locked in some kind of supranational dystopic nightmare and you can throw as many fits and tantrums as you want, it won’t seem to amount to more than an outraged inmate charging against the walls of its cell. You’ve been caught and locked away, you have no idea how. That’s the EU, and worse by the day.
You don’t have to start by dismantling the EU to get revolutions going….You can have several national revolutions that basically cause the disintegration of the EU.
So the question is what is the chance of a Frexit ? If it will happen, how long will it take ? And what effect will it have on the EU ?
I’d been searching for several days for an article about the yellow vests issue. I must have roamed the internet concluding that the media were just not wanting to look at this in any depth – until your fantastic article here today.
You have contextualised this situation and have been extremely fair in appraising the pluses and possible minuses for the yellow vests.
Only in reading the detail and historical context of this event are we reminded of what is really going on and how we got there.
So well done Ramin – you have performed a service on behalf of true journalism and in doing so shown the utter poverty of msm reporting and what passes for journalism in the west.
I would just add to your fulsome description of the situation in France that if we step back we can see that this war on humanity and the vast transfer of wealth from normal people to a very few private hands is being waged across the planet on multiple populations continuously.
Sounds bleak, but then again the French government’s machinations do also reek of desperation – then there’s all that bank and government debt . . . What if the whole rotten economics system was actually teetering on the brink of total collapse as many pundits believe to be the case?
I think to myself how foolish the proletariat are when they smash the front entrances of small business and steal property, burn tires in the streets, overturn vehicles, write graffiti on public edifices and cause a general disruption of local and regional commerce. Indubitably these people are justified in their anger and hatred of the abuse heaped upon them by the ruling elite but they are reacting in the short-term instead of using their heads and planning for the long conflict. It would be circumspect to direct their energy to the offenders themselves who look down at the hoi polloi and smirk while they continue to go about their daily lives with little concern or worry for their personal safety or the loss of their positions of power.
The yellow vest movement calls for deposing President Macron, but we hear little rant against the parliament that enables the head of state to enact the regulation of crushing debt through taxation. Why do they always point to the king as the great evil when the king is but a puppet of the wealthy that makes all the rules for which they are the primary benefactor?
In times of national, economic oppression, the people petition their government officials through the political process and wait for a positive result. But when they find themselves disappointed by: outright refusal to address the issues, delayed response, paltry counteroffer or given a diktat of threats to punish the applicants, they must conclude the political system has failed to represent the masses and therefore change must be enacted to return the people to well-being. This is called revolution and the foundation of it always begins political in nature.
Almost all revolutions have a violent component either at the beginning or because of the loss of patience somewhere in the middle through the end. The American colonies peacefully petitioned the King of England for recognition of the economic burdens put upon them by the home country and were rebuffed. Armed revolution ensued that resulted in the birth of a new nation. The French revolution followed shortly after.
The French people at this moment have jumped into the destructive phase without exploring alternative measures to put pressure on their government officials on a personal level. Rather than destroy private and public property, go to every home of a parliamentary official with one hundred or so supporters of the movement to psychologically intimidate that person. Remain on the front step and pound on the door until either he/she comes out or a call is made to law enforcement. Let the cops come and they will have to deal with this furious crowd. However the crowd must disperse at the correct time to avoid arrest so as to preserve their numbers.
Imagine this strategy happening to all 577 members of parliament across France, which calls for 60,000 protestors of the movement. We have already seen numbers in excess of 100,000 supporters. In order for this to work the organizers of the movement must demand discipline like citizen soldiers. Unfortunately at this time there is no core group overseeing the movement, so what we witness is chaos, destruction of property, arrests, etc. with little hope of returning liberty and prosperity to the French people.
God gave humanity brains to think and reason. In times of conflict the people must use their minds and curtail the zeal of their hearts to achieve the success they deserve.
Unorganized “brain” does not do anyone any good.
You are saying “foolish the proletariat are” I would say we are all fools without proper information to make wise decisions, this is media is filling our brains with tons of dis-info.
Trangas, my latest listen to journalist, said today, and this applies to me as well, that few years back he signed on to the EU idea with both hands, today he considers himself Euro-Skeptic.
Also, you will find that, while Kazakis who used to be Communist made many valid points about Greece’s ailments, which are in a way identical to Ramin what says about France, some troll jumped on him with all kinds of vomit.
So, you see normal Joe-blo has difficult time recognizing the real problems and thus joining the right group of people, because one-proletariat who is not organized can’t do much. Unfortunately we must recognize the fact that “proletariat” gets fooled time and time again. Besides, there is more to the society than proletariat.
Excellent post, PokeTheTruth! I do like your idea about organization. Certainly, I would suggest that the Yellow Vsts try it. It is simple and feasible. Why not?
Diane Johnstone has a nice article that explains some the issues the French are demonstrating against as well.
Myself, I wonder that the police and soldiers are so well compensated in France that they are willing to bludgeon their friends and neighbours on behalf of their corporate capitalist enemies. Revolution will only occur when they realize they being playe by the true enemy of society.
You are Top, Ramin!
Diana Johnstone’s piece is excellent, and her work on France is definitely among the best of the best, if not higher. She clearly has a ton of experience to draw from in France – the opposite of “just a person with a pen and notepad.”
The protests have led to the national police and military police assigned to the Ministry of Interior being getting worn out. The National police gendarmerie cannot strike because they are military assigned to the Ministry of the Interior. They now have to work without any civilian support as National police administrative union (VIGI ) went on strike on December 8th. This union consists of office staff, forensics, scientists, cooks, housekeepers, janitors etc.
The UN flagged armored vehicles indicate that Macron has called up reinforcements from the EU private army called Eurogendfor http://www.brujitafr.fr/2018/12/france-un-blinde-nomme-hermes.html
Macron appears to lack the support of many of the National police gendarmerie and the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité (CRS) of the Interior ministry. The VIGI union is appealing to the sworn officers to go on sick leave to avoid ruining their mental health. This union is also suing the Interior Ministry for hundreds thousands of hours of overtime that has not been paid.
Furthermore, they have issued a lawsuit against Macron’s senior security chief Alexandre Benalla
and also are also calling for the dismissal of the Paris chief of police.
The highly respected French firemen are now being gassed and are literally turning their backs on the government (and even disabling the toll booths).
This is by far the most informative article on the last 10 years in France, and of how this simmering crisis has reached a crisis point now. I’ve read a lot of quality journalism from writers actually in Paris – not that the rest of France doesn’t count, but that’s where these writers actually live – and while they have written some very informative stuff, not one of them has come close to giving the big picture, the data on shrinking incomes, etc.
On your pessimism, I sure hope, as you must too, that you will be proven wrong. You may be right, but what is needed now is a closer look at the mechanisms which the 1% and the (((0.1%))) use to keep the 99% in a weird state of doubting their own power and failing to create vehicles to gain power.
You made a useful comment that regime change doesn’t happen in a short time, and that in Iran it took (by my count) at least from 1962-1979. You imply that institutional vehicles are required, but what shape might those vehicles take ? We need to figure this out before the 1% create astro-turf organizations to stop all this.
Obviously, the MSM plays a role in “Learned Helplessness”. The role of the MSM in France in promoting Macron from a nobody to a “serioius candidate” is something no French person would deny. The MSM includes Paris-Match and TV “hosts” like Zemmour who make nearly a half million a year. All the MSM suck about 25% of their huge budgets straight from the taxpayers veins because, you know, they need to protect the French language. Macron started as a lackluster minor minister, a Rothschild stooge, and a closet gay if we are to interpret the very real recent photos. The elite-sponsored MSM elevated this nobody into a “serious candidate” who, BTW, really loves his politically-necessary wife who just happens to be 25 years his senior. The MSM pushed this message as hard as they could, portraying Macron and Madame as if he were a young Johnny Hallyday and she a sweet young thing, on their front covers week after week for what, about 18 months ?
Anyway, I hope you think some more about how we might get out of this mess, and help us figure out what comes next, now that even the least-informed adults (yeah, adults) know all the political parties are dead-ends. This is not just in France, but also in the US where our Orange Jesus has faded into “all string, no puppet” and the Deep State scum are standing around, snickering.-
I think you will appreciate the graph by the OECG shown in Martin Armstrong’s recent blog post France Has the Highest Tax Rate in the Industrialized World & Worst Investment Record in Europe – tax as a percentage of GDP for several OECD countries.
France tops the list with a government grab of 46% of GDP.
He remarks: “Revolution seems to become possible once you cross the 40% mark.”
One more thing. I understand that Melenchon supported every one of France’s imperial interventions, including the more recent ones in Libya and Syria. He only started waffling after these wars didn’t work out so well for France, but Melenchon has not, AFAIK, ever made a clear, much less a hard-hitting statement about these wars being pure evil. He’s just trying to minimize the consequences of his support for what was at the time, obviously pure evil. So there is no hope for Melenchon nor for those of his followers who refuse to consider that they need a fresh and uncompromised leader.
The political history of France has not been a happy one, as political unity is not a French tradition.
In the 14th century the English invaded France, backed by the dukes of Normandy and Burgondy. It was only Joan of Arc in the 15th century who succeeded in unifying the French, but briefly. In the 16th century we have a religious war between the Catholics and Protestants. Instead of playing it wise, the Catholic king of France turns against the Protestants, with the result that 250.000 of them emigrated to England, many of them being highly skilled craftsmen. The manufacturing regions of France were decimated. Historians are of the opinion that had this religious war not occured, then the first industrial revolution would have been introduced in France and the chief language in the world today would be French, not English.
In the 18th century, when England was introducing the first industrial revolution, the chief question in France was whether the aristocracy should pay taxes. It, ofcourse, refused, creating social tensions. The Rothschilds used this situation, financing the French Revolution of 1789. French finances passed from the control of the crown into the hands of private bankers.
In 1968 General Charles de Gaule was overthrown as President, after surviving some 30 assassination attempts, as globalists do not like patriotic leaders. He was overthrown by the same methods that were used in 1789, which is remarkable.
In 2017 Macron, a Rothschilds banker, won the presidential election in France. He received 66 % of the vote, while Le Pen received 33 %. When was the last time such clear cut election results occured in any country ? The election was rigged, and Le Pen lost millions of votes. Eve so, the impression is that Macron probably did win, but by a slight margin. This also meant that the country was divided, a dangerous sign for the future.
What does Macron do after becoming President ? He introduces “refiorms” favoring the elite at the expence of the working class, a return to 18th century practices of the ariustocracy. He must have known what would happen. Yet he does it. Why ? To create political and social strife ? Is he a new Rothschilds revolutionary, this time functioning from the political top ?
There is an old saying, which goes like this:”When Paris cathces cold, Europe sneezes”. This is now happening. The yellow vests are being ciopied in other EU countries.
What is not clear at the moment is who is controlling the demonstrations in France, patriotic forces or globalist agents. This should become clear in the future, including the true intent of the actual demonstrations, ie. if they are a patriotic reaction, or an attempt to further weaken the sovereign status of European states, giving Brussels even more power. The latest news is that a French general could well take over from Macron. In other words a soft coup d’etat might be in the works. We shall see.
Ramin, very nice rundown on the recent history of the protest movements in France and on the “accumulation of austerity”.
Just some thoughts on the French issue:
– How long will the people keep being fooled by the people they vote for ? Won’t they eventually realize that it is not useful to operate within the current political structure ?
Obviously the most people who are protesting have it difficult economically speaking. Does that mean that in order to have a successful revolution that is sustainable and one that will produce actual results, you need more people to basically become desperate and poor ?
Ramin – someone said you were “long winded”? LOL. I think you do have that tendency, but I have a good theory why.
I think you’re a journalist accustomed to writing punchy material, and in a short time, but here in these essays of yours you’re taking on very elaborate and often very scholarly themes. You have a lot to say, and it spills out sometimes in whatever space it can get.
Never stop doing this. I think we are all soaking in all the knowledge you are passing along. I don’t know of any other writer in my reading list who can explain the modern world in terms of the socialist successes, and the ancient predatory war of the rich against the poor, the way that you do. Michael Hudson maybe, and he’s had a lot of time to craft his prose.
You will become an extremely valuable author of books over time, I think. Then you’ll get a good editor to organize some of your “long-windedness” a little better. The points all get better the more you restate them. It’s all coming along nicely :)
Excuse me if this is an impertinent critique. And either way, keep at it – and thank you!
Regarding the reasons for my long-windedness: You know I think you got it!
Editors cost money, LOL, but we are all improved them. One day maybe.
Thanks so much for you kind words – Michael Hudson is absolutely indispensable, so I’m certain not in his category.
Yeah, come at us bro, and keep hitting hard with those edged
literary talents you display!
You manage to posit the horizon without weighing the reader down
with superfluous doubt and deliberation.
Clear-headed, a quality I do without at times.
Ramin Mazaheri, thank you for the not only the clearest context for this moment in French history, but also the most incisive on this as a response to the dictatorship of austerity measures against the people.
The lack of a managerial layer orchestrating the Yellow Vests, that ‘liberal democracy’ has always depended upon to corrupt, has struck me as such a fundamental strength, the lack of a specific program, is also instructive and both these things may have been mentioned elsewhere, but here I read them historically and I am overwhelmed by the strength that is in such a counter-intuitive non-policy, non-organisation.
I have seen on two many occasions the corruption of political parties always through their management, they are always called leaders and it is a lie, they never lead anything, they simply put themselves at the head of movements created by others and led by people two honest to promote themselves — cutting the tall-poppies down internally seems to me to be a very sensible plan; in this the Yellow-Vests seem to have caught the moment of our times.
I have worked in unions; in and amongst the old left parties since the 1970s in Australia. I cannot praise the memberships too highly, nor express my disgust at the so called ‘leaders’ — the political management. It took me years to understand that they have no interests in improving anything, they are loyal to nothing, they crave not power but recognition, they are the worst negotiators on earth for this reason. A few minutes of being a power broker on the larger stage is worth years of being a power broker within their organization — they are the weak link in everything — severely broken people who make barefaced lying an art form; and these were the leaders with rare exception I found in the unions and the political parties.
Your article has given me a great deal to reflect upon and I am grateful for your efforts.
That was my experience as a life long union member and sometime organiser too. that the so-called ‘leaders’ in the big unions are, generally speaking, no different than any corporate apparatchik, thinking in those corporate and business terms and concerned more for the empire-building prospects than for doing the job they are paid for.
I studied quite a lot on organisations and how they function, in order to get around this obstacle and in order to use the invaluable knowledge resources of the union whilst maintaining the integrity of my small group. Its do-able if exhausting and difficult and has a lot to do with lazy thinking and the very human willingness to be co-opted by the existing power structures for personal advancement.
I was glad to read in Mr Rahmin’s piece that the gilets jaunes are also wise to this and refusing to meet with Micron at this point. I am hoping that they can maintain the momentum and actually accrue some solid gains and cohesion before taking the political/legal route.
In Australia there was a move towards professionalization of the unions in the late 1980s which led to university trained ‘industrial relations’ graduates taking over key organizational positions. At the same time many unions started special relations with the banks offering financial services to their members.
The unions also starting taking in managers as members, in the public service middle rank managers call the shots, in schools head masters are sided with against teachers. It looks and feels like full blown corporatism.
The political parties also saw this corporate infiltration, while the left wing parties had during he cold war been run by intelligence agents. Those that strong working class connections were shut down at the same time as the USSR coup, in fact before it happened.
The other left wing parties, with rare exception, mainly trostkist, do not relate to working people and seem a safety valve for young people who are shipped from one pointless demonstration to another, while the policy in effect is always pro-US foreign policy (exception is Palestine which would be impossible to sell). They have been supporting the Syrian intervention, hailed the Libyan invasion and support the mercenaries as ‘freedom fighters’ they also always find some reason to despise any actual left-wing government which all have faults, but also virtues.
Organisationally, the class cannot have the type of structures it built up since the 1920s and longer; they have been white-anted, sociologically, economically, politically and via state security.
So the yellow-vests look interesting, because it seems to be saying, remove the powerful, and then have the debates. It makes sense not to have a program, not to have any organization but rely instead on organic links between people aided by the digital medium.
The other way I look at it is after all other means of reform, reason and compromise have been destroyed, the last option becomes the only option; I know one thing nothing is going to get better for my kids until this stinking mess is removed from the pages of history.
“I am hoping that they can maintain the momentum and actually accrue some solid gains and cohesion before taking the political/legal route.” I write this on Saturday ;—; it looks like it has.
Total Media Blackout! Paris Is Far Worse Than They Will Tell You!
Interesting interview from the streets of Paris. Maybe this whole Zionist spell is about to disintegrate. I was in France last summer. and I haven’t met anyone who would adhere to the mainstream news as a source of credible information. Most of people I talked to, understood that the “elected” and “pre-selected” government leaders are there to serve their masters, not the people.
“A journalist without experience is just somebody with a notepad and a pen.”
Reminds me of a saying I heard at a 1999 Psychoanalytical Conference on Creativity, in Brisbane:
“Knowledge without humanity is like a donkey loaded with books”
I just discovered a very interesting website, although ti’s been around for years. It’s definitely left-wing, but they are making an effort to reach out to the authentic (non-corporatist) right-wingers. https://rebellion-sre.fr/
That site is where I saw this: « Quand tu croises un journaliste, frappe-le ; si tu ne sais pas pourquoi, lui le sait »
I’d translate it as “If you run across a journalist, hit him; you may not know why, but he knows.”
So in furtherance, if you run across a politician or banker, jail him, you may not know why, but he knows.
Bad of me that my previous comment lacked an important bit of context. Among the French dissidents, it’s a commonplace that “all journalists are either whores or unemployed.” Obviously, it’s only the the only journalists who might deserve to be struck. Paul Craig Roberts calls them the pressitutes.
Brilliant summing up of the situation. After paying the rent and fuel, people are left without means to fully nourish themselves or their family. The ISF; aka The wealth tax, was also readjusted in favour of the already well off. It is more than possible that the violence was instigated by gladioesque factions with the intent to discredit the protesters. Macrons’ sidekicks trumpet about these incidents at every opportunity. This is a social upheaval rather than a political ‘movement’; people are literally going hungry and in a society with a tradition of co-operative action, events do not bode well for the PTSB. P.s: Journeys of a 100+ kilometres a day are not uncommon for a minimum wage-earner
“People will mock me, but something like a Chinese or Iranian Cultural Revolution is clearly needed: several years of shutting down institutions and having major public political discussions in order to have both a huge rethink on societal structures”
I would not even dream of mocking you, the exact opposite is true. I totally agree with you.
I can not see any other way to remedy Europas problems then a change of system and just punishment for those who betrayed the trust of their people.
A wise man once said – “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Europe reached that point years ago imho.
An American revolution or second French Revolution would be a better analogy.
Emmanuel “Let Them Eat Cake” Macron has set the stage for Globalist mass-migration theology to fail. The French people want to return to historical Christian values including national sovereignty and identity.
The people of France are openly chanting to be more like Donald Trump’s America:
Mario Le Penis has been put by the ziopowers. He is controlled opposition, and his role is to divide the voting base, so a real proponent wont be able to gather enough votes. On the contrary, the ziocandidate participates united, fully ziofinanced and with the total support of the ziomedia.
Zios appointed France as a 2nd tier ziopower, which is used to loot former colonies in Africa, and to collaborate in the demolition of the Arab middle east, so Khazaria II can take over.
What is new is the choking of the welfare state that France could have built in the past, including the cultural and ethnic wiping. The soviet European Union EUSSR was setup to finish off these national states and to increase the financial powers of the zios by imposing yet another fake money: Enlil’s Euro.
Nice job by RM putting together this article.
French Police Labor Union Goes on Strike Ahead of Saturday Yellow Vests Protests
“The French police labor union Vigi has declared an indefinite strike starting from December 8, the day when new protests of the so-called yellow vest movement against an increase in fuel taxes are expected to take place, Alexandre Langlois, the secretary general of the police union, has told Sputnik.
Langlois noted that the police were not going to join “yellow vest” protesters, however, intended to support them.
“We will go to the rally with our banners to show that we support the demand to increase the purchasing power. Any police officer not on duty has the right to join them during the demonstration,” Langlois said.”
Choose a boy to do a man’s job. The boy Micron tense and sweating, the vein swelling on the temple, the tie too loose, the weedy frame suddenly shrunk too small for his expensive suit. Pure schadenfreude:
“Any true “Yellow Vest Revolution” would have to include a drastic rewriting of the rules of the European Union and especially the Eurozone, or else a Frexit.”
Problem is that the EU regulations make a rewriting of the rules practically impossible. All member states would have to agree.
“Another question requiring an actual answer: Where is the political party or grassroots movement which can tangibly implement the Yellow Vests’ will, once that will is known? I am not being obtuse – what is the political pathway for them?”
Possible the UPR party, lead by François Asselineau. Its program comes closest to what France needs. But do the French know this? Most have never heard of this party, and although it has relatively high numbers of paying party members they only received little over 0.9% of the presidential vote. The rigid French are very afraid of big changes like Frexit, dropping the € and getting out of NATO and seem afraid of the ideas of mister Asselineau.
UPR published a document explaining what would be necessary for the ‘destitution’ or dismissal of prez Macron and started an initiative to this effect. Big surprise is that most of Macrons so-called ‘worst’ opponents have already declared to be against such a procedure and thus support Macron.
Vive les Gilets Jaunes!
Thank you Ramin, great article! But please, please, put a French translation on the French Saker. ASAP.
Thanks in advance!
Amicales salutations du Sud-Ouest,
So sad you don’t speack about UPR…
there is one political party in France(the 5th in nombers) who is totally ban from mainstream medias, witch is trying to reconciliate every non-extremist french around 3 clear goals for France :
Frexit (our laws back)
out of NATO (our foreign policy back (with a nuclear power))
back to franc (our economy back)
you forget that never will France vote massively for extremism
20%, that’s a max and a sure faillure in every second round of vote.
that’s the elite’s plan, and that’s why UPR is ban… sad you don’t mention it .. I put a link about the UPR participation for the presidential election, sorry, not translated, but you can understand why they don’t allow french people to ear what UPR says..
When I hear proponents of neo-liberalism arguing that in time neoliberalism will work and deliver the goods to everyone, even the sans-culottes on the streets of Paris, London, Rome, Baltimore, Madrid. But actually neo-liberalism is working – working exactly as its planners intended. That is to say that by using various economic and monetary levers – low interest rates, QE – it has shifted copious quantities of money from the poor and average to the rich and undeserving.
And now throughout Europe we are beginning to bear witness of pressure from below which will eventuate in serial explosions. These may be spontaneous or led, but they are beginning to happen and will become more intense.
At one point in time, the political rhetoric was about “trickle down economics”.
The line among working people was to ask “Have you been trickled on yet?”
Nothing says “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” like 90,000 riot police, soldiers and armored vehicles.
CBC news tell me that the police are “keeping the peace” during violent yellow jacket protests!
Again thank you for this I showed this to a group I am working with and someone asked the question where is the gas tax money going? Is it going totally for green energy? How is this tax implemented?
By this point, it doesn’t seem to be about the particulars of the fuel tax. Macron first announced its delay and then its cancellation, at least for now. But Ramin seems to capture very well Life Under Austerity and how a user fee hear and a tax rise there and Labor Reform and Education Reform and all of its just piles up and piles up until it finally reaches the point where people can’t take it any more.
Thus, its not really about the exact weight of the final straw on the camel’s back, but about the cumulative weight of all of the straw that the camel was forced to bear.
But of course the people who want us all to burn here on earth as it gets hotter and hotter want to somehow claim that people revolting against these yet-more-taxes that was billed in the propaganda as an environment-friendly tax makes any attempt to keep the world from burning wrong. Somewhere I saw a chart of the average temperature in CA for the last 100 years, and that was scary and it easily explained why the plants are dried out. But hey, doing anything to stop that would interfere with corporate profits, so omg, we can’t possibly do that.
Its two minutes to midnight.
Unfortunately the video below is in Greek, but at 6:10 A. Beksis talks about “Yellow Vest French Revolution” which is as he says French ( White) Middle Class Revolution with National Character.
He starts of, by discussing “hush-hush” conference (just concluded) in Maroco regarding “World Wide Forced Migration” which is supposed to come to force Dec. 10, 2018.
If Iran is socialist why does it not proudly call itself “The Islamic Socialist Republic”? I ‘d also like to mention that while the USSR is gone, 99% of the Russian people are still socialist as are the peoples of China and Cuba. After all, socialist revolutions become internalized in the hearts and minds of the people and can never be defeated by the forces of reaction both internal and external. Viva la French socialist revolution!
mod note: no caps please
Well, I was waiting for this article. And I was not disappointed. Thanks Ramin, for the best article I’ve read on this subject in, well, weeks.
I am not French, I don’t live there but due to family circumstances I’ve been there a lot and I speak French. So, as an outstander I have some opinions about France. Btw, these are just opinions of mine so if I’m terribly mistaken please feel free to correct me, ok?
One of the most striking characteristics of France as I’ve learned is that people there have a very strong feeling about justice. Even when the whole country grows to a grinding halt due to a strike, people will shrug their shoulders and will say that ‘their cause is right’.
This has advantages and disadvantages. The working climate in France is outdated, and investments are dropping at some speed. Just reed this: https://www.economist.com/news/2014/10/24/the-big-chill
And it’s from 2014. But still actual.
It’s good that Ramin mentioned that the median wage of a French worker is just some 1700 euros. Add to that, the petrol prices soared 30% the last year. France is a large country (to European standards; Texas is 1.5 time the size of France), so a car is essential. At a certain moment hard choices have to be made to ensure food. In my country it is a saying, that it will take just a last drop to start a bucket flowing over.
For those unfamiliar with La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, a revolutionary song, let me put here a part of it:
Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!
Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!
Que veut cette horde d’esclaves,
De traîtres, de rois conjurés?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,
Ces fers dès longtemps préparés? (bis)
Français, pour nous, ah! quel outrage
Quels transports il doit exciter!
C’est nous qu’on ose méditer
De rendre à l’antique esclavage!
Aux armes, citoyens …
Translated in English, which sounds odd to me in this case:
Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us, tyranny’s
Bloody standard is raised, (repeat)
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They’re coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons, your women!
To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows!
What does this horde of slaves,
Of traitors and conspiring kings want?
For whom have these vile chains,
These irons, been long prepared? (repeat)
Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrage
What furious action it must arouse!
It is to us they dare plan
A return to the old slavery!
To arms, citizens …
(To feed the contrary, when I want to irritate French I just ask when was the last time that they won a war.)
The whole ‘Gilets Jaune’ movement has grown into an anger movement against the establishment. They will lose. I agree with Ramin, or better I fear, that this whole phenomenon will end up just a the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement of some years ago. Do people still remember that? Did anything change?
Of course the popularity of Macron will hit dipsh*t lows. Will that change anything? Does he care? He cares about ‘Grandeur’, about banks, about poor icebears. But not about the French. Even when they drop dead or are slaughtered off by the many ISIS militants in his country, maybe trained in their camps in Kosovo, he doesn’t care sh*t.
Years ago I’ve warned French friends that they would regret it that they chose such an idiot as Hollande. They looked at me in amazement. Well, at the end of his ‘service’ his popularity hit some 8%, that’s even lower than Poroshenko. How can it be, that in a country of famous engineers and philosophers, they choose a idiot bankers boy, married to the school teacher that raped him?
They deserve this boy, he will stay glued to his seat just as Merkel, he will be more interested in the instructions from the City of London than the well-being of his French peasants, and he will tax them farther away in poverty and serfdom. Just as his overlords want.
And the French machines, designed to load mortars with chlorine gas to hurl over Syrians are working just fine.
The only tipping point could be, that the French police will start to wear ‘gilets jaunes’ as well. I don’t see this happen in a near future.
No Rob, the French didn’t vote for Macron but against Le Pen instead. Still, having more votes received because of this Macron was supported by only little over 16% of the voter base. You cannot seriously call that broad support and we can thus conclude that most French did not vote for the raped boy Jupiter roi soleil.
But, like in the US, the election system is very undemocratic and on top, abused by the government and its secret services. Front National was created by the DGSE specifically to manipulate elections.
“They deserve this boy, he will stay glued to his seat just as Merkel”
But the German economy is doing very well, and its people aren’t disgruntled over pay, inflation and cost of living there. It seems the EU benefits Germany the most.
That the vote was mainly against Le Pen, I agree, but when voting for the other guy you will get the other guy, isn’t it? And I wonder whether Le Pen would have been that worse. I wonder whether anybody has the courage to reform the strict labour laws and rise the pension age. I can imagine an angry mob with torches and hayforks for the Elysee in that case.
About Germany, don’t be fooled by the MSM that are under strict Merkel control. Independent media have their servers e.g. in Russia for that reason.
People aren’t disgruntled? Talk to pensioners. A big taboo is the so called ‘Altersarmut’, whereby pensioners become so poor, that they have to steal food to stay alive. Municipal taxes can be high, health care costs are high – and rising. Child care costs is very dependent of the city you’re living in. If the city is not that rich, don’t be surprised to get a monthly bill of up to 800 euros.
But yes, the economy isn’t doing that bad. That’s why I have met so many Spanish and Greek colleagues here.
“Bloodless Celebration” in Russia in 1917??????
Can you get any more delusional than that?!!
It was indeed bloodless. The blood came later. Read the history of the Russian Revolution.
Thank you Mr or Ms Anonymous, I know very well what I’m talking about, unlike you or the author. You may want to read an article or two e.g.:
To start with, there were two revolutions in Russia in 1917. The February one was indeed a celebration, but it was far from bloodless – over a thousand people killed on both sides. On 5 April there was a mass funeral of the victims of St. Petersburg street fights, see e.g. a photo here: http://visualrian.ru/selection/list_1080667/26881.html.
And the October one was basically an armed ceisure of power by the bolsheviks, not a celebration.
You’re right though that the biggest blood – millions and millions killed in the Civil war not to mention hunger, repressions etc. – was still to come, however this was also a direct result of both 1917 revolutions. This all needs to be kept in mind when reading pieces by socialists and other lefties – much as I admire the factual reporting of Mr. Mazaheri, his political opinions are rather detached from reality.
Layman; Would it not be more just and accurate to assign responsibility for the violence in the Russian crisis of 1918-20 on those who perpetrated it. Them being the patriarchal white reactionaries and militarists who were encouraged and supported by the world capitalist empire. How many imperialist countries invaded Russia in an attempt to violently crush the people’s will? Savage violence is the standard method of patriarchal class oppressors. It is a remarkable testament to the Russian people that they were able to successfully counterpose such savage repression with their own militant will. Sure violence was the currency of the time. World patriarchy chooses to ignore its own savage class violence and then when the working class beats them at their own game then they self righteously accuse the working class of being violent. This is the standard propaganda reaction of the class oppressor. It is a common trope that when the patriarchal class oppressor is committing violence against the oppressed classes that is not actually “violence”. It is simply the necessary maintenance of just order in the sight of the patriarchal god. However when the despised lower orders fight back then this is a violent defiance of god. Only then is “violence” morally condemned. Remember, upper class good and of God, whilst lower class evil and of the devil.
“Would it not be more just and accurate to assign responsibility for the violence in the Russian crisis of 1918-20 on those who perpetrated it. Them being the patriarchal white reactionaries and militarists who were encouraged and supported by the world capitalist empire. ”
Well of course you may assign responsibility as you see fit, depending on your own preferences and tastes. Or you may look up the actual history; in reality, during the Civil War were both the “white terror” perpetrated by the “white” and the “red terror” perpetrated by the “red”. The responsibility is on both sides. According to some historians, the number of victims of the “red terror” was 4 times bigger than that of the “white terror” (the total number of victims of the Civil War is estimated at 2.5 million people).
Lastly, I grew up in the Soviet Union and have heard and read loads and loads of communist propaganda about class struggle; please don’t bother trying to feed me with it – I know it inside out.
Layman, I agree with you, but I am not sure if the blame should be assigned to both sides, the blame goes squarely to the reds. Whites were trying to preserve their way of life and therefore they can’t be blamed for defending it.
Not that I did not know it, but today I was listening to one Greek journalist making a political speech regarding events that plunged Greece into banker’s slavery. While he was doing it, he started putting things in to historical perspective by going back to WWI and Russian revolution (1917). He blamed Anglo-German elites for the war, but the Germans for sending Lenin to Russia with an order to destroy Russia and withdraw Russia from the war, which as we know he immediately did. We also know that he plunged Russia into sea of Russian blood as well as he split Russia into the so called Republics and other autonomous regions. So, he can surely be blamed the mess with say Ukraine.
I fully agree with what the Greek journalist said, but cannot agree with your original point. Many of the “whites” (not all of them) were, in fact, those who perpetrated and supported the February 1917 revolution against the monarchy and thus they are no less responsible for what has followed.
Are you Greek? – if yes: να ‘σαι καλά!
Layman, “είμαι, και εσύ επίσης”. Okay, I was talking about the Revolution in October 17 (November 7, by new calendar?). The reds unleashed severe propaganda within Russian front line soldiers. Reds had easy job because army suffered from the lack of food and other essentials. Everything was blamed on Tsar, instead of the corrupt and thieving suppliers, who always make tons of money on soldier’s misery (We could safely say that they were the same guys who tried the February Revolution). Anyway, soldiers joining the Red agitators were the ones who provided the muscle for the Reds. The guys, I call whites where the later anti-revolutionaries, like officer corps, cadets from military schools, etc. We could include here the Greek army (I am not surprised here because Tsar’s wife was Greek princess), which sent volunteers to fight the reds (I am not sure if they were truly volunteers, most likely they were “volunteered” by their higher command). I am sure that English Army joined in as well and others. Poland joined in as well, but Poland had territorial appetite for Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, etc.
I agree with you on the Revolution in February which was called The Bourgeois Revolution, and it was the first attempt at destroying the Tsardom, and when this one did not work the “dark forces” switched the colors to Red (Lenin and his friends like Trotsky and others).
Interesting monologue “Η Πανελλήνια Ιδέα”, check 9:20 minute (Δ. Καψάλας talks about righteous war),
Sorry, I can’t find his video discussing the above subject, where he also calls Mussolini a communist and he explains why he was a communist.
Hmm, my reply seems to have vanished, ot maybe on hold. This video, which once again is a Greek one. At 4:40 he starts talking about “yellow vests” and goes on to talk about protest in Greece and he asks: ” why did they vanish, who controls those protest?”.
He goes on and talks about Georgia’s sneaky provocation against Russia at the time when Putin was in China for Olympic Games, Saakashvili eating his tie, Soros’s white helmets saving the same girl five times in Syria. He goes back to the Georgia’s provocation and talks about Reuters showing videos of payed actors pretending to be wounded by the Russians, swearing at Russians only to be seen shortly after walking about. At, 9:40 he talks positively about Trump’s MAGA. At 14:40 he talks about chaos-economy, neo-liberalism and globalization. He starts talking about Mancini (Freemason) and at 18:53 he goes on to explain why Russia’s Tsardom had to be destroyed by the dark force, because it was to powerful. At 20:49 he talks about Mussolini the communist.
“The Gilets Jaunes are in revolt against capitalism or neoliberalism, which is a worldwide system of concentration of wealth and power into a few hands. With our pending ecological collapse and vanishing biodiversity, capitalism has failed and is reaching its end game. Unlike the neofascist science deniers, the Gilets Jaunes perceive climate change as a crisis, but they say that it is hard to focus on a global ecological collapse when you live from paycheck to paycheck. They feel that they deal with the anxiety of putting food on the table at the end of the month while the rich talk about the end of the world. Thinking about humanity’s survival is hard to do on an empty stomach.”
— Gilber Mercier “Are the Gilets Jaunes Today’s Sans-Culottes?”
1. I totally agree with your article dear Ramin Mazaheri!
2. Dictionary search.
As we are in “The Saker Blog”, I searched online dictionaries about a word in Russian to describe the “Yellow Vests” or “deplorables” and I found the word “мужик”.
“мужик” = muzhik, also, moujik, mujik.
b. coarse, uncouth person
c. (colloquial or derogatory) man (male person)
d. (colloquial) husband
e. (historical) peasant from tsarist Russia
f. (slang) macho
It seems that “Yellow Vests” are “another failed anti-austerity protest”, so I have a proposal:
Honourable “Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron”, please consult honourable “Petr Arkadievich Stolypin” in order to learn how to suppress the muzhiks: Give them something, kill them later.
As it seems that this is not a “Yellow Vest Cultural Revolution” I have a prediction:
Honourable “Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron” will not finish his life as honourable “Petr Arkadievich Stolypin” did.
Thank you. (LM)
Sorry my friend, wrong translation. мужик means => man. keep looking.
btw, I just went to google translate and here it is:
yellow vests => желтые жилеты
The protest has spread to Belgium.
Brussels Police Detain 450 People in Yellow Vest Rally (VIDEOS)
“Rather than report on #France police attacking protesters, our media instead suggest that those who do report it (eg see tweet above) are likely #Russia ‘sock puppet accounts spreading disinformation to fuel anger by pushing a police brutality narrative’
(Dons on “maga” baseball cap)*
The Russians control the Yellow Vests protests. It is a soft coup to take over France. Why would le drain lie?
(removes maga cap)
France Probing Rumours About Russia’s Involvement in Yellow Vests Protests – FM
“The French Secretariat-General for National Defense and Security (SGDSN) is investigating the reports on Russia’s alleged meddling in the so-called yellow vest rallies that recently raged in France, the country’s foreign minister said Sunday.
“I have heard these rumours. The Secretariat-General for National Defense and Security is currently investigating them. We will see what the results of this investigation will be. I won’t give my judgment on anything unless the facts are established,” the foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the RTL broadcaster.
The minister’s statement follows the Times newspaper Saturday reports, citing an analysis carried out by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company, that hundreds of allegedly Russia-linked Twitter accounts were presumably fueling the yellow vest rallies by posting pictures of injured protesters and retweeting posts connected to the unrest.”
A safe bet “new knowledge” is another zionazi-gay spook/psywar front.
*A while back I joked about wearing baseball caps deducting 10 IQ from the wearer, and wearing one backwards deducted 20 IQ points. Those maga basedall caps effect brain function like wearing a regular cap backwards. Plus I suspect they announce a similar preference that getting bow tie tatoos on the back of one’s thighs expresses. As for what the effect of wearing a maga baseball cap backwards has on brain function? And what sort of personality disorder it encourages? Best not to go there…
Are you really suggesting that French elites that support Islamic mass migration theology are wearing zero-migration MAGA hats?
Let’s test that proposition….. President Trump is actively speaking for the protesters’ cause and against Macron’s brutality. (1)
So the truth is… Christian yellow-vests are aligned Christian America and Christian MAGA beliefs. MFGA would be a terrible acronym, but I suspect we will see something along the lines of MAKING FRANCE GREAT AGAIN hats and vests in the near future.
Also — In case you were unaware — Italians are also beginning to overthrow their Euro Elite deep state to reclaim their Christian greatness. (2)
for sharing you’re thoughs in this matter,
what’s happening in France right now is probably an outcome of a decision taken
by an foreign government or organisation with commercial interests in the french society.
As some people here pointed it out, the Revolution, and yes it looks to me like a revolution, is spreading. It may not seem like it, but I am beginning to think that this may be a remake of Great French Revolution. Mind you it did not take long before the results of Great Revolution were overturned, and placing Napoleon at the top, who later became a replacement for the beheaded king. But this aside, here is what we know or can suspect.
1. We can see 25 point demand (french picture and Russian translation): https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/4631729.html
With my poor Russian I can see serious demands (Frexit, return to Franc, dissolution of the Parliament including Macron, changes to the banking, etc, etc,). This means: yellow vests are getting seriously organized.
I also believe, that LePenn would have played the people for fools, just like other Euro-skeptics. Nothing would change with her in power (this is probably why she kicked her father out). We must remember that the word “skeptics’ does not mean “out”, as “skeptics” just want changes withing EU. See GB, May is playing games with Englanders.
2. Slowly, the protest against EU is spreading presenting us with the question: who will be next? Benelux joining makes a lot of sense as they have significant French population.
The dis-info is already in motion as Russia and Trump a blamed for the events.
If this happened in China with 90,000 cops deployed to brutally suppress the protestors, the free West led by the China hater US politicians in Congress would immediately condemn and impose sanctions on China for violation of human rights.
But since it is France, this is par for the course because the free West can do no wrong.
I would not be surprised if the CIA has a hand in the protests to weaken the EU that would stifle the EU’s ability to create a SPV to bypass US sanctions on Iran. Top officials of the EU did raise the question of the USDollar in international trade. Moreover, Macron did mention the creation of an European army to defend Europe against the US, Russia and China. Nowadays it is obligatory to mention China as a threat to the free and peaceful West which had inflicted endless wars on Africa, the Mid East and Afghanistan.
thanks, ramin, for explaining so well what is happening in france.
this picture says a thousand words – fascist thugs look the same in france as they do in the ukraine – thee guys with the guns are french cops:
macron is threatening those who have used violence with punishment…perhaps he isn’t aware that he has unleased state violence against the french people and that he may actually be the one to suffer punishment for his violence.
“… I’ve seen it year after year, so I predict the protests will stop after December 16, and then re-start in January.”
It seems that you were right, on December 15 the protests are already a third of what they were last week.