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French President Emmanuel Macron went into hiding over the weekend, as 290,000 protestors raged across France. Hundreds of roadblocks were put up. A thousand people were arrested on Saturday. Polls show three out of four French people approve of the demonstrations. Many French citizens no longer consider him “a man of the people”, and his approval rating has cratered: one poll shows him at 18% approval and other polls are at 20% and 23%.
Protestors’ grievances against Macron and the French government are varied, but can be boiled down to a couple of severe national problems.
The leftist press claims the demonstrations are about sharply rising gas taxes, but the major reason is an uprising against immigration. Immigrants are not only taking available jobs from French citizens, too many immigrants are destructive, welfare-gobbling, and committing crimes against young French women. The violence level in France exceeds that of 16 other European nations, and France has become the “sick man” of Europe. French natives, and other native Europeans as well, are tired of paying the tab for African, Muslim and “Eastern” immigrants.
Armored vehicles are patrolling Paris streets, and we are seeing these vehicles quashing protesting nationalists while they have let the middle-east and African invaders run wild. Starting with former French socialist president Hollande, the French government and the globalists, concealing the underlying problem of immigrants, have taken in more than they can swallow. The French culture is under attack from immigrants who refuse to assimilate. The French citizens have had enough, and they are blaming Macron. And, unlike Trump in America, Macron is not keeping his campaign promises. Macron thought he could steamroll rural citizens on gas taxes in order to pay the costs of climate control, leading to the recent French riots.
Another indication of Macron’s political stupidity was his statement in November that “Patriotism is the opposite of nationalism”. Had to laugh out loud at this insult to reality. Macron cannot grasp the fact that patriotism and nationalism are complementary, not contradictory. Patriotism is love of one’s country and nationalism is defending the interests of one’s country. Globalists are on the other side of the fence, demanding a one-world government. Globalism would cede American sovereignty to international institutions run by bureaucrats thousands of miles away.
Let’s look at what socialism and globalist thinking have brought to France. The French government, mismanaged for years, has run a budget deficit every year since the 1970s. The French government taxes are over 46% of its GDP economic output, which has propelled France into the highest taxed nation in the developed world. It has the “second-weakest economic growth of advanced economies”, with an unemployment rate around 10%. 90% of French workers are covered by collective bargaining agreements, they get 27 vacation days and their average weekly work hours are 30. We can call this a recipe for a lousy economy. All this should serve as a wake-up call to worldwide leftist leaders, infected with politically correct “worker’s paradise” ideas they jam down citizens’ throats, while they try to lead people down the socialist road.
What Macron’s France looks like today has bred these protests. France’s problems will spread to all Western countries, including the U.S., if the great civilizations of the Western world do not get their borders under control and if they do not slap criteria, tests and qualifications on all would-be immigrants.