Carlos Ghosn: the contrast between severity in Japan and impunity in France

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The anger behind the continuing ‘yellow vest’ protests in France is not only over the question of living standards. It includes the demand for a radical reform of the democratic process, for which the movement’s call for Citizens’ Initiative Referendums (whereby policy proposals that attract 700,000 online signatures would prompt a referendum on a given issue) could be one integral element. But the anger is also fuelled by the sentiment that the powerful elite in France enjoy preferential treatment, emoluments and a certain immunity, at a time when significant sacrifices are asked of ordinary citizens.