Yellow Vest protests reflected the massive opposition of French Citizens to Macron’s huge carbon tax hike on fuel.
Widely-unpopular French President Emmanuel Macron has delayed planned carbon tax hikes on fuel in the wake of massive protests.
His popularity has also collapsed to a new low, at just 23%. He’s fallen six points in a week, while the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has fallen from 36% to 26% approval.
People in France have turned against Macron, considering him a President who only serves the elites after he cut taxes for the ruling class while imposing a massive hike on fuel taxes through the carbon tax.
Uprisings took place throughout the country, including massive protests in Paris which ended up turning violent.
Now, with Macron’s numbers plummeting he delayed the tax hike for six months.
The delay – which may end up being a permanent end to the tax hike or just a tactic – was announced by the French PM:
“The French who have donned yellow vests want taxes to drop, and work to pay. That’s also what we want. If I didn’t manage to explain it, if the ruling majority didn’t manage to convince the French, then something must change. No tax is worth jeopardizing the unity of the nation.”
Philippe’s remarks can be watched below:
Lessons for Canada
There is much to be learned in Canada from what’s happening in France. Just like in France, we have an elitist, out-of-touch ‘leader’ who is imposing a hated tax on the People. Even though Macron didn’t want to listen, he was forced to listen by the overwhelming strength of the protests and the opposition to him.
Here in Canada, we all need to make our voices heard, in every possible forum, and make it clear that we won’t put up with Trudeau’s carbon tax.
If we are strong enough, Citizens still have power, and we must never forget that.
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