Sneaky Macron tries to push more globalist austerity on French people

By Stephen Lendman,

French President Emmanuel Macron is looking to introduce more “environmentally friendly” legislation in the second half of his mandate which includes harsh austerity measures on the cost of living for French people including pension reform and a reduction in tax breaks on diesel for road transport.

On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of French workers, youths and others protested over former Rothschild banker/French President Macron’s pension reform scheme that’s all about further eroding social justice by slashing vital benefits.

Most rail, other public transportation, and many flights shut down on day one of the largest French mass action against neoliberal harshness in the last generation — what’s going on to continue for days, perhaps much longer over anti-Macron public anger.

Scores of demonstrations nationwide by students, teachers, firefighters, industrial, transportation, healthcare, energy, public sector, and other workers largely ground France to a halt.

Schools shut down. Police unions warned of symbolically closing certain stations in support of the strike action.

Macron wants a socially unjust/one size fits all uniform pension system, replacing individual ones that provide equitable benefits for retired workers.

He wants the legal retirement age raised from 62 to 64. He wants social justice in France more greatly eroded than already, part of a longterm plan in the country and West to eliminate it altogether.

His scheme is the most extremist change to France’s cherished pension system since its post-WW II creation. It’s all about greatly cutting benefits, leaving retirees far worse off than today.

France’s official single-digit poverty rate is the lowest in the West, far below other Western countries. Retirement reform is Macron’s latest scheme to erode social justice.

Earlier he slashed unemployment benefits and made it easier for companies to lay off or fire workers, while largely keeping wages for public workers stagnant and eroding universal healthcare benefits.

Nationwide strike action began before Macron released details of his scheme — to be debated in parliament and voted on next year.

A November Viavoice for Liberation poll found 89% of respondents believe France is experiencing a “social crisis.”

According to sociologist Steward Chau, “we’re in a climate of real social tension today, which goes beyond pensions…(S)ocial crisis…hang(s) over this strike action.”

Mass protests begun Wednesday escalated anti-austerity Yellow Vest demonstrations begun over a year ago.

Actions yesterday blocked major thoroughfares, along with shutting down most public transportation and fuel depots.

At least one opinion poll showed around 70% support for the mass action, its strongest backing among individuals aged 18 – 34.

In 1995, large-scale nationwide protests shut down public transport for three weeks, forcing a government neoliberal policy reversal at the time.

What began Thursday goes beyond opposition to Macron’s pension reform scheme. It’s against years of forced-fed austerity, wealth and power interests benefitting by eroding social justice — the same thing going on throughout the West and elsewhere.

Public anger over repression, social inequality, and related issues a fueled other mass protests in Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Algeria, Albania, Gaza, and elsewhere.

So far, they’re absent in the US where people power is badly needed.

Daily events should scare everyone. Peace in our time no longer exists, social justice in the country heading for the dustbin of history if things aren’t reversed by mass actions.

Ordinary people have power when they use it. Change requires longterm struggle.

Abolitionists ended slavery. Civil and labor rights were won. They’re lost because energy waned.

Former Supreme Court Justice William Douglas (1898 – 1980) once said: “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

Academic Frances Fox Piven earlier stressed that “(o)rdinary people have power when they rise up in anger and hope, defy the rules…disrupt (state) institutions (and) propel new issues to the center of political debate.”

When governments fail their people, the way things are today in the West and elsewhere globally, they forfeit their right to rule.

Civil disobedience becomes an essential tool for change, popular revolution the only solution.

Martin Luther King said “non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.” He championed “creative protest,” believing passivity is no option in the face of injustice.

Henry David Thoreau argued that no one is obligated to surrender their conscience to injustice. What’s fundamentally wrong should be challenged for change.

It’s the only thing that works. Entrenched power yields nothing unless pushed.

Long ago labor organizing in the US, taking to the streets, sustaining strikes, boycotts, and other work stoppages, battling monied interests, putting rank-and-file lives on the line for equitable treatment won important worker rights.

When energy waned and union bosses sold out to management, virtually everything gained was lost, organized labor today a shadow of its long ago peak strength.

Sustaining mass actions against social injustice in France is the only way for positive change.

If things wane in the coming days or weeks, all will be lost, the way things turned out in the West many times before.

Sources: https://ahtribune.com  , https://theduran.com

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2 thoughts on “Sneaky Macron tries to push more globalist austerity on French people”

  1. ACCORDING TO MY RESEARCH FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON BELONGS TO THE INTERNATIONAL PEDO-CRIMINAL RING. SEE BELOW A ROBERT DAVID STEELE INTERVIEW ALONG WITH A PARTIAL INFO I RECEIVED:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOzt57yjDAU

    ” With release of the FISA Report on Mon. 9 Dec. and Congressional Hearings held on it Wed. 11 Dec., an information bombshell would explode on several political elites facing Pedophilia and Treason Charges. Over 144,000 sealed indictments against political elites and their minions had been filed in federal courts across the nation since Trump took office – the majority of which contained charges of Pedophilia – that for centuries had been used to blackmail those in power to do the Cabal’s bidding.

    The Trump Train had announced that this calm we have been living in before a very well planned storm, was over. They were ready to fight for Traitors’ Justice.

    On Fri. 22 Nov. President Trump was on Fox and Friends saying, “In the next few weeks we would see release of the IG FISA Report, John Huber’s Report and from the World Court, the names of those found guilty of committing Crimes Against Humanity, Treason and Sedition.”

    A Must Watch – A Traitor’s Justice Episode 10 Conclusion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz7uerZ9nNM&feature=youtu.be

    Dec. 1 2019 U.S Army Tweet: The Calm Before the Storm – The Calm is Over #ReadytoFight: https://twitter.com/USArmy/status/1201366645765218305

    I HOPE THE PLANET IS GOING TO BE LIBERATED THIS YEAR BEFORE XMAS.

    VICTORY TO THE LIGHT

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  2. May be Macron himself could use more austerity before he milks the French people dry.
    And he is not the only one in Europe, I would say.

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