The “Yellow Vest” protests in France are spreading.
Last week, ambulance drivers showed solidarity for the anti-establishment protesters who are fed up with costly carbon taxes and the ruling political elite in France.
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Ongoing Chaos in #France;
French ambulance drivers JOIN Yellow Vest protests in show of unity against unpopular President #Macron (that’s right, the arrogant snob so quick to criticize Trump’s nationalism!)pic.twitter.com/3bzhZH2pCU #MAGA #ParisRiots #YellowVests #EU #Brexit
— Ed (@reFocusZone) December 4, 2018
In addition to the ambulance drivers, firefighters are also supporting the “Yellow Vests” and the group staged a dramatic protest of their own.
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🆘‼👨🚒👍 #France: Protests continue to spread in French cities after the ambulance crews protested against Macron, now also the firefighters are supporting citizens in yellow vests. pic.twitter.com/wEJvMS1kuf
— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) December 5, 2018
On Tuesday, French President Macron caved to the protesters. The AP reported that the government has agreed to delay an increase in energy taxes — but it was seen as “too little, too late” by many protesters whose anger seems increasingly focused on embattled President Emmanuel Macron.
In an incredible gesture of solidarity against French president Emmanuel Macron, a group of French police officers were captured on a now viral video removing their helmets.
Francuscy policjanci zdejmują kaski i nie chcą walczyć przeciw protestantom
Oj chyba Francuski rząd ma problem. pic.twitter.com/NI0SPRghYq
— logiczny🇵🇱 (@logicznyX) December 2, 2018
Nationwide protests against French President Emmanuel Macron took on an even bigger dimension Wednesday after trade unions and farmers vowed to join the fray, unimpressed by government concessions that tried to stem the momentum of the most violent demonstrations France has seen in a decade.
The “yellow vest” protests began over a government plan to raise fuel taxes, but by the time Prime Minister Edouard Philippe bowed to three weeks of violence and suspended the plan Tuesday, the protesters were demanding much more. Many workers in France are angry over the combination of low wages, high taxes and high unemployment that have left many people struggling financially.
Macron’s popularity has slumped to a new low since the first demonstrations took place on Nov. 17. The former investment banker, who has pushed pro-business economic reforms to make France more globally competitive, is accused of being the “president of the rich” and of being estranged from the working classes.
The sweep of the protests and their wide support by citizens of all political stripes has shocked the government. In the last few days, Paris saw the worst anti-government protest riot since 2005. French students set fires outside high schools to protest a new university application system. Small business owners blocked roads to protest high taxes and retirees marched to protest the president’s perceived elitism.
On Wednesday, France’s largest farmers’ union said it will launch anti-government protests next week, after trucking unions called for a rolling strike.