Tag: Yellow Vests Movement

Holidays Are a Way of Life in France in August. Yellow Vests Can’t Afford Them.

AUMETZ, France — It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way, spending summer vacation by a traffic circle. But even as much of the rest of France spent August at the beach, “Yellow Vest” demonstrators gathered near their habitual roundabout on a Friday evening. They shared drinks, sitting on mismatched chairs and lounging on castoff […]

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Body of Concertgoer Found in France Fuels Anger Over Use of Force

PARIS — The body of a missing young man was found in France’s Loire river this week, over a month after he disappeared at a concert where police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, fueling anger over the use of force by the French police. Steve Maia Caniço, a 24-year-old who ran extracurricular activities […]

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Greens Are the New Hope for Europe’s Center. For the Far Right, They’re Enemy No. 1.

BERLIN — When protesters in reflective yellow vests took to the barricades in France, rebelling against a gas tax that would hit hardest those who could least afford it, Annalena Baerbock was watching closely from across the border. A co-leader of Germany’s Greens, Ms. Baerbock has seen her party steadily strengthen over the last year. […]

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5 Lobster Tails and a $560 Bottle of Wine, at Taxpayers’ Expense, Give Macron a Headache

PARIS — A photo of five giant lobster tails, neatly encased in their shells and arrayed on a table sparkling with crystal and fine white wine, has exploded across the internet and endangered the career of a stalwart in the cabinet of President Emmanuel Macron of France. Until recently, François de Rugy, Mr. Macron’s ecology […]

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For France’s Jobless, Macron Aims to ‘Make Work Pay’

PARIS — Franck Provost, a high-profile coiffeur with more than 500 hair salons across France, needed to do some hiring last fall in the central Loire region. But when an associate reached out to 130 unemployed stylists, he said, only two replied. “There are thousands of hairstylists on the jobless rolls, but we can’t hire […]

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The Wave That Could Carry Trump to Re-election

Political professionals are so focused on the micro-details of the 2020 elections that they miss the macro trends favoring President Trump as he kicks off his re-election campaign in Florida. They are looking at national and state polls when our “America First” president ought to be viewed in a global context. The lobbyists, consultants and […]

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Part 2: The French Rebellion

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Emmanuel Macron of France had been viewed as the next leader of a liberal Europe. But when the Yellow Vest movement swept the country, protesters took to the streets, rejecting him as elitist and questioning […]

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Reasons for Hope and Concern in Europe’s Elections

Last week’s elections to the European Parliament, like many other elections these days, were more of an ideological battleground than a process of choosing representatives to a legislature. The populist nationalists on the rise across much of the world had been expected to score big, and to the degree that they fell short there was […]

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European Vote Reveals an Ever More Divided France

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France lost his bet that he would defeat the far right, not only losing the election to the European Parliament but getting beaten by the populist firebrand he roundly defeated only two years ago, Marine Le Pen. Even so, it was mostly smiles in the presidential camp on Monday, […]

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The Old Scourge of Anti-Semitism Rises Anew in Europe

For years, Europe maintained the comforting notion that it was earnestly confronting anti-Semitism after the horrors of the Holocaust. It now faces the alarming reality that anti-Semitism is sharply on the rise, often from the sadly familiar direction of the far right, but also from Islamists and the far left. The worrisome trend was underscored […]

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