The Yellow Vests Are Back At It In Paris

After a few weeks of low-level protests, this weekend is being described as a riot. Macron under attack as authorities fail to prevent vandalism on the Champs-Elysées.

Why is the Left so violent?

Demonstrators smashed nearly every shopfront on the Champs-Elysées, set fire to a bank and torched cars on the 18th consecutive Saturday of protests against Mr Macron’s business-friendly economic reforms.

They don’t want business to thrive, because they might have to work harder. Or something.

Macron is taking grief because he was out of the city skiing. Though why they are screaming at the president of the country and not the mayor and the chief of police is beyond me.

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The Future Is Stupid

Because the sound effects are key. Meanwhile in … France, lightsaber dueling is now a recognized sport.

In an effort to engage young people and make exercise more attractive, the French Fencing Federation elevated lightsabers to the same status as foils, epees, and sabers. The federation’s officially sanctioned lightsaber duels last three minutes and use light-up lightsabers (sometimes with sound effects) paired with traditional fencing safety gear.

That will make all the difference to the coach-potato generation.

Anti-vaccine Family Gets to Spend Vacation in Quarantine

And (maybe) they will be credited with starting an epidemic. French boy suspected of reintroducing measles to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica had been measles-free for 5 years.

An unvaccinated French child who went on holiday with his parents to Costa Rica is suspected of reintroducing measles to the Central American country.

The 5-year-old boy and his parents entered the country on February 18, Costa Rica’s Health Ministry said.

Authorities have quarantined the boy in a hospital and are searching for people he may have come into contact with since his arrival.

I’m sure they are happy they bought into the “vaccines are scary” narrative.

Measles vaccine prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths worldwide from 2000 to 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

It isn’t just France of course, all of Europe has seen a huge increase in the number of measles cases in 2018.

France and the “Yellow Vest” Uprising

I stopped reading The Local regularly some time ago. For a time they morphed into “Happy News” about Europe. But it may be they are rethinking that. In any event, the French edition (in English!) has what looks like a fairly thorough rundown of the state of the Mouvement des gilets jaunes protests/riots/uprising.

French President Macron tries to appease the people and fails. ‘Yellow vests’ slam Macron’s speech as ‘charade’ and vow to go back into battle.

“Nonsense,” “a charade”, “a bluff” and “a drop in the ocean,” were among the immediate reactions that greeted the head of state’s televised speech Monday evening announcing an increase in the minimum wage and a range of other financial measures.

Macron just doesn’t understand why the peasants don’t shut up and do exactly what the aristocrats tell them to do. (There is a lot of that attitude in Europe.)

Police are wearing down. French police warn the government: ‘We’re at breaking point’.

Working back-to-back days of long hours in hostile conditions, with breaks and meal times often cancelled, has left police officers exhausted according to Denis Jacob, the spokesman for national police union Alternative Police.

They’re asking for help, and not getting much.

This is probably a simplistic look, but it’s an attempt to let the people say what’s on their minds. In their own words: France’s yellow vests explain their grievances and goals

Protesters turning out across France on Saturday highlighted demands ranging from better support for pensioners to the downfall of capitalism.

The French economy is not very good, which is underpinning a lot of this. Of course the .gov meddling in the economy is a big part of that, and the solution of more meddling isn’t likely to help.

The Real “War on Christmas”

Hint: it isn’t about saying “Happy Holidays.” Deadly shooting in French city of Strasbourg.

A gunman opened fire near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg, killing at least four people and injuring 11 others, local officials said on Tuesday evening.

Four dead, eleven wounded. The French are opening a “terrorism probe into the shooting.”

Germany has strengthened border controls into Strasbourg.

Strasbourg’s Christmas market is a popular tourist destination, drawing millions of visitors every year.

Antisemitism, and Cooking the Books on Crime Statistics in the EU

I can’t imagine why the authorities in Germany would want to shade the truth. Anti-Semitism in the EU: Jewish people consider leaving over safety concerns.

Some 90 percent of European Jews believe anti-Semitism has grown stronger — particularly in France — in recent years, according to a European Union survey published on Monday.

In Germany, the situation is bad and getting worse, and the .gov is either willfully ignorant of the facts or just lying.

Some 41 percent of Jews surveyed in Germany said that they’d experienced harassment from a person with “a Muslim extremist view.”

That result stands in stark contrast to last year’s German criminal statistics which said that 94 percent of reported anti-Semitic crimes were carried out by far-right perpetrators, reported the German daily Bild.

“According to police crime statistics, around 5 percent of anti-Semitic crimes are carried out by Muslims. We have to look into this major discrepancy in the statements about anti-Semitic experiences made by Jews,” Felix Klein, the government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, told Bild.

The article has more on France and Poland.

And a separate article covers the United Kingdom. Four out of five British Jews believe anti-Semitism has infected UK politics. (Though the data is apparently drawn from the same survey as the DW article above.)

In particular the Labour Party under Corbyn struggled with many accusations.

Four out of five British Jews believe that anti-Semitism has infected British politics, the highest figure in the European Union, and almost a third are considering leaving the country, according to the world’s largest survey of Jewish people.

It’s Good to Help the Environment Until You Ask Them to Pay More

The French are unhappy that “going green” means they have to pay more for fuel. ‘Assaults, fights, stabbings’: More than 400 injured in France’s yellow vest protests.

Though it does look a lot like a simple revenue-grab by the government.

Diesel is set to go up by seven cents a litre, and petrol by three cents. Diesel vehicle owners, still a majority in France, feel betrayed after decades of the state encouraging diesel engines.

I mean, how much is this tax going to actually change the conditions? Over time, maybe. But in the short run it will just mean that the .gov collects more in taxes.