Police make dozens of arrests and fire tear gas on protesters at Paris France on fuel tax and price increase

French police made dozens of arrests across France Saturday amid violent anti-government protests described by one of the protesters as a “civil war,” CNN affiliate BFM reported.

 

In Paris, police resorted to tear gas and water cannon to try to clear the Champs Elysée.
“The objective was to unite everybody here in Paris. I am disappointed because it wasn’t meant to be like this,” Thierry Paul Valette, one of the organizers of Saturday’s demonstration in Paris told CNN.
He blamed it on a “small section” of “the extreme left and the extreme right” and said it was like a “civil war.”
In total, 35 people were taken into custody.
The “yellow vest” protests, which began as a campaign against rising gas prices, have morphed into a wider demonstration against the government of President Emmanuel Macron in recent weeks, spreading as far as France’s Indian Ocean territory of Reunion.
Police say they have mobilized 3,000 officers in Paris to contain the 8,000 protesters. A security perimeter has been set up in the city center, with government buildings protected. Three people have been arrested so far.
At a news conference on Saturday, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner blamed the clashes on far-right extemists infiltrating the demonstrations.
“Today, the far right has mobilized,” he told reporters. “The security forces perfectly anticipated this situation.”
Far-right political leader Marine Le Pen rejected the accusations, describing them as a “pathetic and dishonest” form of “political manipulation” by the government.
Earlier Castaner said of the protesters: “Their freedom of expression will be guaranteed, but it must not be exercised to the detriment of security, public order and the right of everybody to come and go. There is no liberty without public order.”
Last weekend a protester was accidentally run over and killed by a car, and more than 200 people were injured during a demonstration in eastern France.
Protesters clash with riot police who fired  tear gas canisters in central Paris on Saturday.

Macron under fire

In addition to concerns over spiraling fuel prices, the protests also reflect long-running tensions between the metropolitan elite and rural poor.
Diesel prices have surged 16% this year from an average 1.24 euros ($1.41) per liter to 1.48 euros ($1.69), even hitting 1.53 euros in October, according to UFIP, France’s oil industry federation.
The price hike is largely caused by a leap in the wholesale price of oil, with Brent crude oil — a benchmark for worldwide oil purchases — increasing by more than 20% in the first half of 2018 from around $60 a barrel to a peak of $86.07 in early October.
French protesters are, however, not directing their anger at OPEC for reducing oil production, or at the US administration for implementing tariffs on Iran, crippling its oil exports.
Macron is instead bearing the brunt of widespread French discontent, with many protesters furious at the current leader’s extension of environmental policies implemented under François Hollande’s government.
Notably, taxes were increased by 8 centimes last January on diesel, and by 4 centimes on petrol. Tax on diesel will also increase by another 6.4 euro cents in 2019, and by 2.9 cents for petrol. These rises follow many decades of under-taxation of diesel in France.
President Macron is instead bearing the brunt of widespread French discontent.

Further revolts

The growing resentment has also been a springboard for partisan political attacks, with opponents of Macron’s centrist En Marche party attempting to energize their bases to fuel further revolt.
One protester, Ludivine Landrin, a 32-year-old from near Paris, explained why she was protesting. “I’m here because I am a citizen. I want the struggle to come together. I want the French state to understand that we are here together. We want another state, we want another government,” she told CNN.
“In France we have a lot of taxes. The beginning of the movement was about taxes on fuel. The movement became bigger because all the taxes are making people fed up. The Macron government is making everyone fed up — on the right and on the left. We are all fed up with Macron and his government.”
Another protester, 33-year-old Emilie, declared that a revolution was happening. “We pay our taxes but it is only the rich who profit,” she said.
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Robert Mueller Heard The Bad News That Has Him Scared For His Life

Robert Mueller

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s free run is over.

He led a rigged witch hunt to destroy Donald Trump.

But he just got the bad news that sent him running for his life.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Steps Down

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday.

Pundits and D.C. insiders speculated for months that this move was coming.

With Sessions stepping down, Donald Trump appointed Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General.

This means Whitaker is now in charge of the Mueller probe.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein only ran the probe because Sessions recused himself.

With Sessions out of the picture, Rosenstein loses all his authority over the Mueller probe.

Democrats and the fake news media lost their minds.

They see the Mueller probe as their best chance to get rid of Donald Trump.

So fake news reporters and Democrats are demanding that Whitaker recuse himself so Deep State agent Rod Rosenstein can take back control of the Mueller probe.

Matt Whitaker Is Bad News For Robert Mueller

Before Whitaker went to work for the Justice Department, he would give legal commentary in the media.

During the course of interviews on both TV and radio, Whitaker ripped Mueller’s probe as being an abuse of power.

Whitaker appeared on the Chris Stigall radio show in June 2017.

The host asked him about Sessions meeting with the Russian ambassador in his Senate office in 2016.

Sessions did not disclose this meeting to the Senate – which he did not do because it was in his capacity as a member of the foreign relations committee and not as a member of the Trump campaign.

But the media successfully used the lack of disclosure to pressure Sessions into recusing himself from the Russian probe.

Whitaker blasted the Democrats who claimed this innocent meeting proved collusion.

“I also think, you know, we have another hearing in front of Congress where there is no evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign,“ Whitaker stated.

“Democrats continue to conflate the collusion issue, which there is no evidence of, with, with the fact that Russians did try to interfere with the election,“ he stated.

Whitaker then appeared on The Wilkow Majority show with Andrew Wilkow and repeated the factual claim that there was no Russian collusion.

“The truth is, there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign,”Whitaker declared. “There was interference by the Russians into the election, but that is not the collusion with the campaign and that is where the left seems to be just combining those two issues.”

Whitaker also added that the Democrats were actually afraid Mueller would find no collusion and didn’t want his report to see the light of day.

He explained, “The last thing they want right now is the truth to come out,” adding that, “there is not a single piece of evidence that demonstrates that the Trump campaign had any illegal or even improper relations with Russians.”

The media wants Whitaker out.

They know Mueller won’t turn up anything.

But the fake news media needs his investigation to last until the 2020 election.

That way they can push the story that the American people must vote Trump out of office because this scandal still hangs over his head.

We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.