PARIS — Protesters took to the streets right here Saturday, calling for the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron — and, in Trump’s creativeness at the least, wildly cheering the American president. Nobody else appears to have heard the chants of “We would like Trump!” that the president appears to have discovered about from an earlier tweet by right-wing commentator Charlie Kirk:
The Paris Settlement isn’t figuring out so properly for Paris. Protests and riots throughout France. Folks don’t need to pay giant sums of cash, a lot to 3rd world international locations (which are questionably run), with a view to perhaps defend the surroundings. Chanting “We Need Trump!” Love France.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018
There are riots in socialist France due to radical leftist gas taxes
Media barely mentioning this
America is booming, Europe is burning
They need to cowl up the center class riot in opposition to cultural Marxism
“We would like Trump” being chanted via the streets of Paris
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 4, 2018
Trump’s claims concerning the state of affairs in France have little connection to what’s truly occurring within the French capital, and Kirk appears to have gotten his info from a viral video that was truly shot at one other right-wing protest — in London.
Granted, for the fourth weekend in a row, tens of hundreds of protesters clad in yellow automotive emergency vests swarmed the streets of Paris — the place the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and shops have been closed and designer boutiques have been boarded up, many metro stations have been shut down and main arteries have been closed off by police in riot gear.
However no one was speaking concerning the U.S. chief, and there was nary a MAGA hat to be seen. Of their explanations of why they’d turned out to protest — some touring 5 hours or extra by bus from far corners of the nation — most protesters talked about taxes, the price of residing and their dislike of Macron, whose identify was a relentless chorus: “Macron, the place are you?” referred to as some from a makeshift platform not removed from the Arc de Triomphe. “We’ll screw you! Resign!”
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There have been no cheers for Trump, nor did anyone say they have been in opposition to the Paris Settlement — and even point out it, for that matter — though the rise in gasoline tax that was to take impact on Jan. 1 had been promoted by Macron as a solution to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. And that proposed fuel tax was certainly what first prompted the “yellow vest” demonstrations throughout France, beginning on Nov. 17. However final week, the Macron authorities introduced it had scrapped the fuel tax enhance. But the protests continued, though the violence of every week earlier was higher contained.
The explanation for the demonstrations seems to have morphed right into a name for Macron’s resignation, in addition to a lower in the price of gasoline and different requirements. However to say the demonstrations are in opposition to the Paris Settlement is a stretch, and to say the protesters have been calling for Trump is a lie.
However at the least it appears to have softened Trump’s angle towards France, which he now claims to like — an enchancment from his earlier disdain for the nation and its capital, primarily based on the ruminations of his by no means recognized, probably imaginary pal “Jim,” who supposedly stopped going there as a result of it was overrun with immigrants.
Even so, Trump ought to keep in mind that when Parisian mobs chant, “We would like X,” it isn’t all the time excellent news for “X.” Simply ask Louis XVI.
Melissa Rossi, a author primarily based in Barcelona, is the writer of the geopolitical e book collection “What Each American Ought to Know.” (Plume/Penguin).
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