Canuk wrote:The initial conflict was the result of a 20% fuel tax rise since January, (a veritable disaster in a country where 60% of the population live in rural areas with little or no access to public transport) a halt on increasing the national minimum wage and more indirect taxes on the elderly and the poor.
How anyone can pull 'right wing protest' out of that near universal complaint is beyond me. These people want to see the worst in everything and find nothing legitimate. A mirror would be more suitable to gaze upon such ugliness in the world for these poor souls.
If a mirror is the best way for them to gaze on their ugliness why don't they do that rather than demonstrating and burning cars in the street?
You're fighting a losing battle complaining about fuel price rises on this forum - many here think they're not high enough.
It's not that fuel taxes aren't high enough in the UK,it's private car restrictions arent high enough and public transport is appalling inadequate to non existant,especially in the more congested conurbations other than in the capital.
People would use their cars less if these two things were addressed and any changes are at a snail's pace to non existant.
France is a completely different kettle of fish,it's a far bigger country with about the same population as the UK,which means by definition is far more rural and so people need their car.
It seems Macron is totally out of touch with the common wo/man(as is the UK goverment) and as a result the backlash is GJ.
The French common wo/man is more likely to take things into their own hands when things aren't going right for them,unlike the UK commoner who mourns into his or her pint and does nothing about it either at the ballot box or on the street.