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Apparently they don't like high taxes.



110 injured so far just yesterday.

Vote Socialist, get Socialism. What did you idiots expect?

The only positive about this....the water cannons. They are the real MVPs. I wish we could bring those back into use here in the US.
 

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This is actually a protest against environmental government policies. The government thought they could reduce carbon emissions by putting large taxes on gas and diesel...a move which largely doesn’t affect the metro-riding city dwellers. But for all those people out in the countryside who rely on their cars and trucks, this was unacceptable. This is why the protesters are wearing those yellow safety vests; they’re required to be carried in every vehicle.
These folks are, essentially, the flyover Americans of France.
 

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This is actually a protest against environmental government policies. The government thought they could reduce carbon emissions by putting large taxes on gas and diesel...a move which largely doesn’t affect the metro-riding city dwellers. But for all those people out in the countryside who rely on their cars and trucks, this was unacceptable. This is why the protesters are wearing those yellow safety vests; they’re required to be carried in every vehicle.
These folks are, essentially, the flyover Americans of France.
Ah, I see. I was under the assumption that this was the average French citizen living in Paris.
 

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GF and I are visiting France in September (flying in and out of Paris). These riots reminded me that I will be essentially unarmed during our visit (forget about guns, French knife laws are about what you would expect, restrictive). This news did convince me to buy an "Unbreakable Umbrella" tonight. There is a straight handled walking stick version on the way. It will probably rain on us too so we will be as ready as we can for bad weather of all kinds.

https://unbreakableumbrella.com/unbreakable-walking-stick-umbrella-standard/
 

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Apparently they don't like high taxes.



110 injured so far just yesterday.

Vote Socialist, get Socialism. What did you idiots expect?

The only positive about this....the water cannons. They are the real MVPs. I wish we could bring those back into use here in the US.
Rig those water cannons up to honey wagons.
 

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Yeah these are the poor fools who have to get up every day, drive into Paris, and actually go to work to pay for the welfare checks of everyone else. They already pay about $7 a gallon for diesel and the French Govt wants to pound them even more for a bigger tax for fuel.

The Leftist press has been going ga ga for this Micron guy ever since he got in office going as far as to say He, and France, are the leaders of the free world because he has boyish good looks and talks a good line. In Europe he's a social Democrat while in America he'd be called a far left socialist. He actually went so far as to say Europe doesnt have a migrant problem anymore because there are less migrants coming in then 3 years ago.

France and Europe couldn't win a playground fight. They couldn't even save their own oil investments in Libya and had to flim flam Obama to lob a billion $$ in cruise missiles to take out Libya's 30yo air defense network to make it safe to fly their newest Jets in the airspace.

Leaders of the free world right?
 

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I've been to (and hunted in) France enough to know that the "flyover French" really do hate the Parisians and the French government. Thinking this story is indicative of all Frenchmen is thinking that antifa protests are indicative of all Americans. HH
 

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The French take their Revolutions seriously .... imagine the mayhem if they had broader access to firearms!

But I can see why they are riled -- already paying equivalent of $7 / gal , price taxed up by 30 cents a gallon to combat global warming -- about the stupidest reason to raise the cost of fuel imaginable so yeah -- whatever it takes to make Macron understand not everybody lives in the ivory tower, so be it.
 

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GF and I are visiting France in September (flying in and out of Paris). These riots reminded me that I will be essentially unarmed during our visit (forget about guns, French knife laws are about what you would expect, restrictive). This news did convince me to buy an "Unbreakable Umbrella" tonight. There is a straight handled walking stick version on the way. It will probably rain on us too so we will be as ready as we can for bad weather of all kinds.

https://unbreakableumbrella.com/unbreakable-walking-stick-umbrella-standard/
If you’re into WW2, I highly recommend any one of several “walking tours” of WW2 Paris. I took one during a long layover at CDG a few years ago. Basically, college students studying history in Paris give guided tours of various significant sights from WW2...it was like ten euros for a 2 hour stroll through history.
 

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GF and I are visiting France in September (flying in and out of Paris). These riots reminded me that I will be essentially unarmed during our visit (forget about guns, French knife laws are about what you would expect, restrictive). This news did convince me to buy an "Unbreakable Umbrella" tonight. There is a straight handled walking stick version on the way. It will probably rain on us too so we will be as ready as we can for bad weather of all kinds.

https://unbreakableumbrella.com/unbreakable-walking-stick-umbrella-standard/

You've got some time to get some training in cane fighting.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddc5uslB2aE


It's also a weapon TSA won't take from you at the airport. When I flew a lot, I always had one.
 

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The French take their Revolutions seriously .... imagine the mayhem if they had broader access to firearms!

But I can see why they are riled -- already paying equivalent of $7 / gal , price taxed up by 30 cents a gallon to combat global warming -- about the stupidest reason to raise the cost of fuel imaginable so yeah -- whatever it takes to make Macron understand not everybody lives in the ivory tower, so be it.
Yep, any excuse to raise taxes......... Probably go in the "general accounting fund"........

The terrorists have great access to weapons ....... Plenty of knives, bombs and full auto AK's it's just the good folks who are not allowed to defend themselves.
 

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but I can see why they are riled -- already paying equivalent of $7 / gal , price taxed up by 30 cents a gallon to combat global warming -- about the stupidest reason to raise the cost of fuel imaginable so yeah
Child's Play!

"In Pennsylvania, the 8-cent gas tax increase that kicked in Jan. 1 [2018] pushes the state's wholesale per-gallon tax to 58 cents per gallon." TribLive.

at least it's [supposed] to go towards road maintenance, not global warming. PS...our roads SUCK, a year later.
 

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This is actually a protest against environmental government policies. The government thought they could reduce carbon emissions by putting large taxes on gas and diesel...a move which largely doesn’t affect the metro-riding city dwellers. But for all those people out in the countryside who rely on their cars and trucks, this was unacceptable. This is why the protesters are wearing those yellow safety vests; they’re required to be carried in every vehicle.
These folks are, essentially, the flyover Americans of France.
Nice write up. Thank you.
 

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France has never recovered from having her best and brightest blown to smithereens on the battlefields of the First World War.
Napoleon took care of most of the best and brightest in his conquest, the few remaining, were done in during WWI
But.............but Macron is the leader of the world
 

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If you’re into WW2, I highly recommend any one of several “walking tours” of WW2 Paris. I took one during a long layover at CDG a few years ago. Basically, college students studying history in Paris give guided tours of various significant sights from WW2...it was like ten euros for a 2 hour stroll through history.
I wish I had known about this when I visited after Desert Storm. Like history and The Three Musketeers is one of my favorite books so seeing the sites from that was neat. The WW2 tour would have been awesome.
 

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The increased tax really affects the farmers. About 10% of them are on the verge of bankruptcy. Milk and pork prices are low and there hasn't been much rain this year so crops are affected. This tax increase may just push them over the cliff.

The police union president said that the police actually agree with the protestors. They too have to travel long distances to get to work since they cannot afford to live in the city. They don't want to arrest middle aged protestors so they asked the protestors to stop throwing rocks and firebombs.
 

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