Whelp, is this the beginning of the end for Macron as President, France’s government in general, or will this end in a whimper like the most recent popularized revolutionary protests in Iran?
It appears that the police and other emergency personnel are joining the protests and standing in solidarity against French President Emmanuel Macron. What’s next? The French president will likely use military and national police to quell the protests in Paris. What the response is from the protesters is anyone’s guess.
More than one hundred ambulance drivers protested in Paris Monday morning, as France’s President Emmanuel Macron faces mounting pressure from populous movements inspired by the Yellow Jackets.
Paramedics blocked the Place de la Concorde near the National Assembly in downtown Paris at 5:30 am local time, blaring their sirens and holding banners condemning government-mandated industry reforms, reports France Info.
Protesters set tires on fire in the street while others chanted “Macron resign!” according to the Associated Press. One protester held a placard reading “the State killed me.”
In solidarity with the Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests, who have protested a sharp tax rise in fuel every weekend for the past three weeks, some wore high-visibility vests.
The protests are against Article 80 of the Macron government’s 2017 Social Security Budget, which reforms the financing of the social security system affecting how ambulances are paid for their service.
Hitherto in France, patients decided which ambulance company to use, but the reforms will see hospitals and clinics choosing which service to engage by tender, paying the costs directly.
Smaller ambulance firms fear larger companies will fix prices and force them out.
The bill will be presented to members of the National Assembly Monday for the final vote.
Jean-François, an ambulance firm owner who employs ten other drivers, told Le Figaro, “The problem goes well beyond the case of paramedics. There is a general sluggishness. It’s been 28 years since I started my business, we have not received an increase.”
Civic action against Macron’s reforms has also been picked up by high school pupils, with the Ministry of Education confirming that at least one hundred schools across France — in Marseille, Toulouse, Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera), and Seine-Saint-Denis — have been totally or partially shut down Monday morning by protesting students.
The French youths are reported to be mainly protesting against the education reforms, as well as against high taxes and in solidarity with the Yellow Jackets.
France 3 reports that police used tear gas outside of the Arena High School in Toulouse, with students in the French Riviera calling for Macron to resign.
A few hundred young people mobilised in Aubervilliers, Seine-Saint-Denis, with pupils from Lycée Marcelin Berthelot in Pantin joining the movement.