A spokesperson for embattled French President Emmanuel Macron predicted “major violence” across France this weekend; warning residents that anti-Macron protesters are likely to take to the streets throughout the country.
According to the BBC, French politicians urged residents to brace for “major violence” in the coming days despite Macron’s decision to permanently “abandon” his widely-unpopular “fuel tax” to help fight climate change.
“We have reason to fear a great violence this Saturday,” said another spokesperson.
The nationwide protests have caused Macron’s popularity to crater in recent days. According to recent polling the French President’s approval rating has plunged to a stunning 18%.
The demonstrations -dubbed the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests- have largely shifted from its original anti-tax agenda into a larger, anti-Macron movement.
Read the full story at the BBC.
MACRON SURRENDERS: France Moves to Permanently ‘Abandon’ Climate Tax After Protests
French President Emmanuel Macron officially “abandoned” his proposed “fuel tax” Wednesday; with government officials confirming the leader rescinded the tariff after widespread protests.
His Prime Minister told reporters the “tax is now abandoned,” adding the administration is “ready for dialogue” to avoid future violence surrounding the policy.
“One of the activists leading France’s protest movement says that he fears more deaths if Saturday’s demonstration goes ahead, and called for President Emmanuel Macron to speak out and bring calm,” writes ABC News. “French President Emmanuel Macron has scrapped a fuel tax rise amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades.”
“If not there will be chaos,” added another protester before learning of Macron’s reversal.
Read the full report here.
MACRON’S MUTINY: French President TURNS on TRUMP Ahead of G7 Summit
French President Emmanuel Macron turned on President Trump Thursday, slamming the American leader over potential trade tariffs and his position on climate change; warning Trump the G7 could quickly become the G6.
Macron was reacting to news that the Commander-in-Chief planned to leave the international summit in Quebec earlier than anticipated; skipping out on the group’s discussions on climate change and the global environment.
“Maybe the American president doesn’t care about being isolated today, but we don’t mind being six, if needs be,” said the French President. “Because these six represent values, represent an economic market, and more than anything, represent a real force at the international level today.”
Trump fired back at Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on social media before departing for the summit, asking “Why isn’t the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the US?”
Why isn’t the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S. Totally unfair to our farmers, workers & companies. Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018