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Macron tells PM to hold talks after worst unrest in Paris for decades

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    clerical_terrors
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    Are they really going to frame this as a purely ecological issue? The fuel tax was the light that lit the fuse, but it's not like the protestors are all flat-out against ecological measures....

    Macron’s plight illustrates a conundrum: How do political leaders’ introduce policies that will do long-term good for the environment without inflicting extra costs on voters that may damage their chances of re-election?

    Are they really going to frame this as a purely ecological issue? The fuel tax was the light that lit the fuse, but it's not like the protestors are all flat-out against ecological measures. Really disappointing that it's being spun like this when for most people the protests are about Macron's neoliberal policies visibly favoring the wealthy (such as the changes to the wealth tax) a transparant ploy at attracting Brexit refugee money, meanwhile he has been steadily chipping away at major parts of France's social security net, despite criticism of said measures.

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    1. edward
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      That's pretty standard for neoliberals. Neoliberalism can do no wrong, so something else must be causing our problems.

      Really disappointing that it's being spun like this when for most people the protests are about Macron's neoliberal policies visibly favoring the wealthy

      That's pretty standard for neoliberals. Neoliberalism can do no wrong, so something else must be causing our problems.

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    2. Staross
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      Also his minister of ecology quit a few months ago because he couldn't do shit. Trying to play the ecology card is quite sad.

      Also his minister of ecology quit a few months ago because he couldn't do shit. Trying to play the ecology card is quite sad.

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