Tag: Yellow Vests Movement

France Braces for 19th Weekend of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

PARIS — French security forces were deployed across Paris and other cities on Saturday as the country braced for a 19th weekend of “Yellow Vest” demonstrations, following a surge of violence last weekend that caught the authorities by surprise after months of dwindling numbers and calmer protests. Nearly 6,000 police officers were out on the […]

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Violence Surges in Paris as ‘Yellow Vest’ Protest Dwindles in Week 18

PARIS — Violence erupted on Saturday in Paris in the 18th weekend of “Yellow Vest” demonstrations as protesters targeted symbols of economic privilege, setting multiple fires and smashing a high-end restaurant on the Champs-Élysées, even as the crowd’s numbers dwindled from past rallies. Organizers for Saturday’s protests said on social media that they wanted the […]

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There Really Is a French Exception

ImageCreditIan Langsdon/EPA, via Shutterstock PARIS — Nowhere else have the hardships of a vast segment of the population turned into a social movement like this — one that refuses to bear the brunt of economic liberalization, points out real inequalities, is active over large swathes of the country, is resolutely modern in its use of […]

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Thousands Rally Against Anti-Semitism in France After Vandalism of Jewish Cemetery

PARIS — Thousands rallied against anti-Semitism in Paris on Tuesday night, summoned by France’s major political parties, the country’s Jewish organizations, and by a sharp spike in anti-Semitic incidents, including the desecration of a Jewish cemetery the night before. That act of vandalism drew France’s president to a small village in the northeast, hours before […]

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Anti-Semitic Taunts by Yellow Vests Prompt French Soul-Searching

PARIS — He was one of France’s few public intellectuals to express support for the Yellow Vest movement at the beginning, but last week he said the protesters “devastate without regard for anything or anybody.” Over the weekend, they turned their ire on him. As Alain Finkielkraut, one of France’s leading essayists and critics from […]

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Europe’s Middle Class Is Shrinking. Spain Bears Much of the Pain.

MADRID — Raquel Navarro downed an early-morning coffee, kissed her husband goodbye and hurried from her family’s spacious brick home in a suburb north of the Spanish capital. The successful events business she had owned for a decade slowly crumbled when Europe’s financial crisis hit. Now, after dropping her two young children at school, she […]

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Flashing Yellow Light in France

The Yellow Vests have been coming out to demonstrate in Paris and other large French cities for 13 straight Saturdays now, bedeviling the government of President Emmanuel Macron with the vagueness of their demands and the lack of a leadership to negotiate with. How it plays out could have consequences well beyond France’s borders. The […]

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Week 13 of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests in France

PARIS — In the 13th straight weekend of “Yellow Vest” demonstrations in France, protesters showed no sign of letting up pressure on the government and did not appear appeased by concessions by President Emmanuel Macron. There were scattered acts of violence as protesters and the police clashed in marches in Paris and southern French cities […]

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The Italian Government’s Latest Sport? Bashing France

ImageFlags compete during a Yellow Vests demonstration in December in Ventimiglia, Italy, near the French border.CreditValery Hache/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images White sauce and migration, the fork and the Mona Lisa, a fast train and an African currency — the points of contention are many. Since coming to power eight months ago, the most unpredictable […]

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France Recalls Ambassador to Italy After Minister Meets ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters

France recalled its ambassador to Italy on Thursday, an extraordinary diplomatic rupture between longtime European Union and NATO allies, after a series of provocations by Italy’s populist leaders, culminating in a meeting between a top Italian official and leaders of the “Yellow Vest” protests in France. Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader […]

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Teenagers Emerge as a Force in Climate Protests Across Europe

BRUSSELS — Tens of thousand of children skipped school in Belgium on Thursday to join demonstrations for action against climate change, part of a broader environmental protest movement across Europe that has gathered force over the past several weeks. In Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland and elsewhere, activists have come together on social media to gather […]

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Use of Force in France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Fuels Anger

PARIS — As he joined a “Yellow Vest” protest in Bordeaux, in southwestern France, Jean-Marc Michaud felt elated. His wife worked nearby and they had not seen each other in a month, so the march was a perfect opportunity to reunite. Instead, his life took a serious turn for the worse at the protest in […]

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Can Macron Talk the Yellow Vests Into Submission? He Will Try

SOUILLAC, France — At 9:23 p.m., after nearly six hours of talk, President Emmanuel Macron took up the subject of nursing homes. At 9:48 p.m., into the seventh hour, he was speaking about France’s “food independence.” Past 10 o’clock, with some of his listeners visibly wilting on plastic chairs, it was on to the French […]

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Denied Use of Roundabouts, Can Yellow Vests Stay United, Visible and Viable?

LES ANDELYS, France — Before the local gendarmes shooed them away, the Yellow Vests found an unlikely sense of community on the traffic circles where they had gathered to demonstrate. There, people who before had felt alone, looked down upon and abandoned came together. Yet in Les Andelys, a collection of hamlets in Normandy, as […]

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Yellow Vests, in First Protest of 2019, Are Met With Tear Gas

Violent clashes were reported in cities across France on Saturday as the government rolled out a tougher response to Yellow Vest protesters who turned out for an eighth weekend of demonstrations. ImageCreditMichel Euler/Associated Press In Paris, the police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters who marched through the center of the city, days […]

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Yellow Vest Leader Is Arrested in France Amid Crackdown

PARIS — The French police have arrested a prominent leader of the Yellow Vest movement for a second time, in a clear sign that the government is following through on a pledge to crack down on the protests that have shaken France for much of the past six weeks. Éric Drouet, a 33-year-old truck driver […]

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Macron Vows Order ‘Without Compromise’ in Rebuke to Yellow Vest Protests

PARIS — A French president struggling to reassert his grip after weeks of violent demonstrations across the country assured citizens on Monday night that he understood their anger — but said that henceforth order would be “applied without compromise.” In a potentially pivotal moment of his presidency, Emmanuel Macron sought to calm a country shaken […]

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The Question for France: Where Do the Yellow Vests Go From Here?

PARIS — The Yellow Vest tornado has created a political vacuum in France. The government of President Emmanuel Macron is weakened. The opposition parties are discredited. And the populist uprising itself proclaims its disdain for politics. Who or what will fill that void is now the biggest question facing France. Even though the protests have […]

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Critic’s Notebook: France’s Yellow Vests Reveal a Crisis of Mobility in All Its Forms

SENLIS, France — After more than a month of furious, antigovernment demonstrations across France, it is easy to forget that a gasoline tax set all this off. A few cents per liter at the pump. A pebble in the sea of the French economy. A step to address climate change, according to President Emmanuel Macron. […]

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The West at an Impasse

In France, where the extraordinarily unpopular Emmanuel Macron presides over a country roiled by populist protests, a leading politician of Macron’s centrist party was asked in a televised interview what policy mistakes his peers had made: “We were probably too intelligent, too subtle,” he told the interviewer, whose eyebrows danced with disbelief. Around the same […]

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