aa5 on Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:46 am
If protests are real, as the state you still want to get out in front of them with your own video of fake protests that define what you want the protests to be about.
My feeling is the French government is trying to implement some substantial structural reforms - because they don't have a choice but to do so. And people who are afraid their position in society will get downgraded are coming out trying to stop the reforms. The other thing with reforms is that various politically powerful interests realize that if you can 'reform' one area, you can reform any area. So they will come out in solidarity with whoever is targeted first. So you knew it was going to be a political storm once the reforms began.
For the record, so far as the reality of the yellow vests is concerned, at least where one of them certainly was real. As to the extent of any other protests, who can be sure unless they are at the scene?
I live in a small village just off the D76 which takes me to Mur-de-Bretagne across the N124 highway. The D76 from my village is at the top of a very long hill, which, if memory serves was the 81st leg of the Tour de France, which is the (very long) hill climb. It happens every four years and was held this year.
On Saturday 24th November, after crossing the N124 I was stopped by a barricade of yellow-vested chaps, asking me if I had a yellow jacket (a requirement for all drivers. I had to fumble around for it and they placed it inside the car near the windscreen. i bought my stuff from the local supermarket and on return, because I had the vest showing was allowed on my way.
If you are interested in the French situation, I recommend this very well written article I read today.