Keyword: unrest

Macron facing the scenario of a return to the urns

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French President Emmanuel Macron. © Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron. © Reuters

No French president or prime minister over the past 50 years has survived a political crisis like that in which Emmanuel Macron has become engulfed with the ‘gilets jaunes’ – Yellow Vest – movement, which is calling for improved living conditions for low- and middle-income earners, and increased participation of citizens in political decision making. In this analysis of the crisis, François Bonnet argues why Macron, in order to save his five-year term in office, appears to have little other choice than to return to the urns.

The anger behind France's 'yellow vest' revolt

The so-called 'gilets jaunes' (yellow vest) movement, now shaking French President Emmanuel Macron's government, cuts across age, job and region and includes members of the working and middle classes, the worst-affected by the rising cost of living in the country.

French 'mess' threatens real civil strife

Commentators from Left and Right warn that the mood in the country is so gloomy that 'anything could happen' including 'trouble on the streets'.

France risks ‘social explosion’ over high taxes

In a secret report leaked to the press, regional officials warn government that France risks civil unrest over public anger at tax hikes.

Who killed France 2 journalist Gilles Jacquier in Homs?

Michael Weiss, a foreign policy think tank director, reviews accounts of events surrounding the death in Syria of French journalist Gilles Jacquier.