Trump takes aim at Paris protests to comment on climate change agreement
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 13, 2018,
Dec 13, 2018, 0:05
Some reporters on the ground in Paris have refuted Trump's claim that the protesters are chanting his name.
Authorities said an estimated 31,000 protesters had turned out across France for the "day of rage". People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third-world countries (that are questionably run), in order to protest the environment.
According to news agency Agence France-Presse, French authorities are looking into U.S. and British media reports that false social media accounts originating from Russian Federation had sought to escalate the tensions that led to the protests. "Love France." he wrote. The number taking part in protests exceeded 125 thousand people.
They overwhelmingly hail from rural and small-town France but have a range of different goals, from lower taxes to Macron's resignation. Dozens were injured - including a handful of police officers - in demonstrations that drew more than 10,000 people to Paris's city center, and more than 100,000 to the streets across France, including in "Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Grenoble".
Clad in their luminous safety jackets, the "yellow vests" show no sign of calling off weeks of protests over rising living costs and accusations that Macron only looks out for the rich.
The protests have paralyzed Paris with landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower being closed to the public, some metro stations being closed and sporting events across the country called off.
About 89,000 police were deployed across the country.
Macron has already offered protesters a string of concessions, including scrapping further rises in fuel taxes - a major climbdown for a president who had vowed not to be swayed, like his predecessors, by mass protests.
"This disorder must end", the former prime minister tweeted.
The French government has pinpointed the culprit of the "Yellow Vest" mayhem in Paris.
US conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh also made the claim in a broadcast Monday, in which he lauded the demonstrators for their support for the president.
Four people have been killed since the protests began in mid-November.
Most of the yellow vest demonstrators in Paris appeared to be working class men from elsewhere in France, angry at economic inequalities and stagnation.
Meanwhile, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced what he considered the "disproportionate violence" of the French authorities towards the protesters, adding that he was following the situation "with concern".
Government officials are concerned the repeated weekly violence could weaken the economy and raise doubts about the government's survival.
Demonstrators waving French flags and wearing the movement's signature neon vests gathered before dawn Saturday near the Arc de Triomphe, then tried to march down the Champs-Elysees toward the presidential palace.