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Leçons du mouvement des « gilets jaunes »

Que faut-il penser, ce qui s’appelle penser, et non courir en aboyant, de la contradiction, violente, durable, entre le mouvement des gilets jaunes et les autorités de l’Etat, conduites par le petit président Macron ?

J’ai dit fermement, dès le tour final des élections présidentielles, que je ne me rallierai jamais ni bien entendu à Marine Le Pen, capitaine de l’extrême-droite parlementaire, ni à Macron, qui montait ce que j’ai appelé « un coup d’Etat démocratique », au service pseudo-réformateur du grand capital.

Aujourd’hui, je ne change évidemment rien à mon jugement sur Macron. Je le méprise sans aucune retenue. Mais que dire du mouvement des gilets jaunes ? Je dois avouer qu’en tout cas, dans ses débuts, l’année dernière, je n’y ai rien trouvé, que ce soit dans sa composition, ses affirmations ou ses pratiques, qui soit à mes yeux politiquement novateur, ou progressiste.

https://www.lautrequotidien.fr/articles/2019/3/13/alain-badiou-leons-du-mouvement-des-gilets-jaunes-

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Posted by on March 27, 2019 in European Union

 

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Orwellien

Aucun gouvernement – aucun, serait-il le plus bénévolent – ne peut rester inerte après les violences qui ont émaillé les manifestations de samedi. Après les scènes d’émeute – circonscrites mais très condamnables – des Champs-Elysées, du Capitole et d’autres lieux, l’opinion en tirerait une conclusion automatique : ne rien faire de plus, c’est laisser faire.

https://www.liberation.fr/france/2019/03/18/orwellien_1716011Orwellien

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2019 in European Union

 

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Who are the gilets jaunes?

The French are used to sudden large-scale protest movements involving street demonstrations and often violence, and to the powers-that-be responding by revoking unpopular measures. Therefore, whilst the gilets jaunes movement may have taken many people by surprise, not least the political class, it is nothing unique. Indeed, it is one of a recent succession of such movements that includes the strikes of 1995, the banlieue riots of 2005, and the demonstrations by school pupils and university students in the 1990s and 2000s. It is by no means unheard of that a protest movement that has a negative impact on people’s everyday life – including road blocks, shortages and damage to property – should nevertheless continue to command the support of a large majority of the population. It is not so much the demonstrators that are held responsible for the disorder, but the government, because of its failure to listen and failure to react, or the police for its incompetent management of the violence at demonstrations.

https://www.eurozine.com/who-are-the-gilets-jaunes/

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2019 in European Union, Reportages

 

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From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

NEW YORK – It’s old news that large segments of society have become deeply unhappy with what they see as “the establishment,” especially the political class. The “Yellow Vest” protests in France, triggered by President Emmanuel Macron’s move to hike fuel taxes in the name of combating climate change, are but the latest example of the scale of this alienation. There are good reasons for today’s disgruntlement: four decades of promises by political leaders of both the center left and center right, espousing the neoliberal faith that globalization, financialization, deregulation, privatization, and a host of related reforms would bring unprecedented prosperity, have gone unfulfilled. While a tiny elite seems to have done very well, large swaths of the population have fallen out of the middle class and plunged into a new world of vulnerability and insecurity. Even leaders in countries with low but increasing inequality have felt their public’s wrath.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/yellow-vests-green-new-deal-by-joseph-e-stiglitz-2019-01

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2019 in European Union

 

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The “yellow vests” won’t let Emmanuel Macron take back control

On 4 January, putting into practice President Emmanuel Macron’s new year’s resolution to be firm with thegilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) movement, the French government’s spokesperson, Benjamin Griveaux, declared that the administration would “go on with the reforms and be more radical”. He condemned the actions of the anti-tax protesters, who he described as “agitators stirring up insurrection”. The yellow vests might have ruined the fun in late 2018, but 2019 was absolutely going to be the year the Elysée took back control.

On 5 January, Griveaux had to flee his office building as protesters smashed the entrance open with heavy plant machinery and entered the courtyard. The yellow vests’ “Act VIII”, held in Paris and across France last Saturday, saw a resurgence both in numbers of marchers – there were 50,000, compared to 30,000 in the weeks before Christmas – and in violent clashes between the police and the yellow vests.

https://www.newstatesman.com/world/europe/2019/01/yellow-vests-won-t-let-emmanuel-macron-take-back-control

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2019 in European Union

 

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Forgotten France Rises Up

On December 15, at the Place de l’Opéra in Paris, three Yellow Vests read out an address “to the French people and the president of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron” saying: “This movement belongs to no one and to everyone. It gives voice to a people who for 40 years have been dispossessed of everything that enabled them to believe in their future and their greatness.”

https://www.thenation.com/article/france-yellow-vest-movement/

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2019 in European Union

 

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The yellow vest protesters revolting against centrism mean well – but their left wing populism won’t change French politics

The ongoing protests of yellow vests (gilets jaunes) in France continue for the fifth weekend. They began as a grassroots movement that grew out of widespread discontent with a new eco-tax on petrol and diesel, seen as hitting those living and working outside metropolitan areas where there is no public transport. In the past weeks the movement has grown to include a panoply of demands, including Frexit (the exit of France from EU), lower taxes, higher pensions, and an improvement in ordinary French people’s spending power.

They offer an exemplary case of the leftist populism, of the explosion of people’s wrath in all its inconsistency: lower taxes and more money for education and health care, cheaper petrol and ecological struggle… Although the new petrol tax was obviously an excuse or, rather, pretext, not what the protests are “really about”, it is significant to note that what triggered the protests was a measure intended to act against global warming. No wonder Trump enthusiastically supported yellow vests (even hallucinating shouts of some of the protesters “We want Trump!”), noting that one among the demands was for France to step out of the Paris agreement.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/yellow-vest-protests-france-paris-gilets-jaunes-macron-fuel-tax-minimum-wage-populism-a8686586.html

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in European Union

 

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Emmanuel Macron’s speech failed to redefine his presidency

Since 17 November and the start of the gilets jaunes movement in France, Emmanuel Macron has been trying to catch up. He assumed the protests would die out – they didn’t. When he realised they wouldn’t, he said he had “listened” to the protesters’ anger, but announced no major changes. When this proved insufficient, he promised to suspend, and then to scrap, the fuel tax that had started the movement – long after the gilets jaunes’ focus had moved from the tax to greater social and economic demands. He gave in too late each time, adapting his strategy only when it became painfully obvious that the previous one had failed. Last night was no different.

https://www.newstatesman.com/world/europe/2018/12/emmanuel-macron-s-speech-failed-redefine-his-presidency

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2018 in European Union

 

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“The crisis of” yellow vests “is a crisis of purchasing power”

Stand. How many more “yellow vests” will it take before the government is aware of what is happening before her eyes? And what he is responsible for, contrary to what he claims.

Because the current crisis in France is not a crisis of the price of fuel, whose fluctuations, it is true, is largely due to the international geopolitical situation. Petrol was just the fuel of a race whose flame had been growing for months: the crisis of & # 39; yellow vests & # 39; is a crisis of purchasing power. A crisis of which one might be surprised that he had not exploded before, in the first months of the five-year period, when Emmanuel Macron lowered housing subsidies and postponed the exemption from housing tax; or a few weeks ago, since Marseilles, so much the deadly collapse of the unhealthy buildings testifies to the giving up of which the victims are the popular classes.

https://www.archynety.com/news/julia-cage-the-crisis-of-yellow-vests-is-a-crisis-of-purchasing-power-le-monde/

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2018 in European Union

 

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France’s Fight Over Sexual Freedom

After the backlash, comes the backlash to the backlash. It’s been fascinating to follow the torrent of responses in France this week to an open letter in Le Monde signed by French actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other women, effectively saying that the #MeToo movement had gone too far and that women should own up to their own sexual agency. (I wrote about the letter here and you can find a full translation here.)

“Sexual Freedom Threatened, REALLY?” ran the headline of Thursday’s Libération, a left-wing daily, beneath photos of three signatories: Deneuve, Catherine Millet, the author of The Sexual Life of Catherine M., and Brigitte Lahaie, a talk-show host and former porn actress. The implication was, why should we listen to these women? “To entertain the idea that a groper on the metro ‘is the expression of a great sexual misery, or a non-event’”—as the Deneuve letter had—“presumes that you live on a planet without rush hour and have enough power and/or hours on the couch to relativize it at your leisure,” the paper wrote in an editorial.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/me-too-france-le-monde-letter-backlash/550361/

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2018 in European Union

 

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