The ‘yellow vests’ are reborn with a day of rage against Macron

Thousands of ‘yellow vests’ demonstrated Saturday in Paris and several provincial capitals in France against reform of the national pension system, the high cost of living and a long series of demands against Emmanuel Macron and his government. Anger’s journey can be summarized as follows: The president wants the French to work harder. The French want to work less. The “yellow vests” movement was a very deep social ringworm that caused an unprecedented political crisis between November 2018 and the end of 2019. The global spread of the Covid pandemic has accelerated the movement’s decomposition, which threatens to be reborn in response to the multiplication of crises exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

The yellow vests and citizens in cholera called these demonstrations. The invitation had modest street success, but an exceptionally symbolic dimension.

Over the past four weeks, France has witnessed an incomplete series of protest movements. Train conductors banned national traffic before Christmas. Liberal doctors have been on strike, before, during and after the holidays. The unions announced an “unlimited strike” in public hospitals starting on the 10th. This will be followed by a strike on public transport, trains, subways and buses on the 13th. All central trade unions have exposed discord against the national pension reform, which must be introduced on January 10.

This is a widespread protest that poses a very deep problem. In his end-of-year message, Macron declared that the French “must work more” to be able to secure the pension system, pay for the national hospital system, and guarantee a future for young people. According to a poll published by “Le Figaro”, 74.8% of French people disagree with their boss. The ‘resurrection’ of the yellow vests (far left and far right) highlights the resistance and social suffering of a deep France that feels unloved by the Parisian technocracy and suffers very directly from the high cost of living.

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The crisis of reforming the national pension system is the deepest and most significant. The Yellow Vests crippled Reform through 2018 and 2019, and the pandemic caused the original project to quit. The main point of the reform is to raise the retirement age from 62 to 65 years, accompanied by an attempt to equalize public sector pensions (with the retirement age between 55 and 60 years) and private sector pensions. Private: Less salary, with more years of contribution.

68% of the French are in favor of retiring at the age of 60. And 58% sympathetically support unions opposed to reform. According to recent polls, only 30-32% of French people trust Macron, while 65% have a bad opinion or do not trust their president. “Macron is losing power in all social groups, for very different reasons,” says Bernard Sananes, president of Elabe, an association for social studies, adding: “The president is supported only by pensioners, the most favored seniors. The reform of the national pension system, work in one form or another In another, they are the dome of some very deep national concerns.

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