Emmanuel Macron faces fresh chaos as yellow vest protestors take to streets

Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Paul Martin

YELLOW Vest protesters marked their third month of destructive demonstrations in Paris today, triggering fresh turmoil for French President Emmanuel Macron.

By CARLY READ
Express.co.uk
Sat, Feb 16, 2019

Demonstrators celebrated three consecutive months of violence in the French capital which had kicked off in November last year in protest of Mr Macron’s crippling austerity that resulted in a 23 percent fuel hike. More than nine deaths and a cluster of wrecked Paris landmarks later, revolters donned their high vis jackets once again and marched though Paris setting off blue flares this morning in the 14th weekend of mayhem. Despite Mr Macron caving into the demands of protesters by offering up sweeteners such as benefits for the elderly and concessions for the younger generation, the so-called movement continue to protest against his government and show no signs of stopping. Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets today waving banners and placards and chanting heir dismay at 41-year-old Mr Macron.

Today’s demonstration, which will continue into tomorrow, comes after a leader of the Yellow Vest Movement announced France was on the brink of a “civil war” yesterday.

Cristophe Chalencon said: “We have people, militiamen, ready to intervene because they also want to bring down the government. Today everything is calm, but we are on the brink of a civil war.

“I know that I risk a lot. I can get shot in the head at any moment. But I don’t care. I defend my convictions.

“Because if I got shot in the head, the people – Macron would end up on the guillotine.

“We have reached such a level of confrontation today that Macron would also fall if I fall. The people would break into the Elysée and destroy everything, him, his wife and all the group.”

The movement has even become a wide-ranging anti-establishment platform, with plans to contend in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections.

Last month, Mr Macron faced backlash for his plans to toughen sanctions on undeclared protests in response to worsening Yellow Vest violence.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Mr Macron’s government wanted to preserve the right to demonstrate in France but sanction those who break the law.

Amnesty France accused the French leader of breaking international law.

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