The yellow vest protests in France have led to unjustified levels of violence and destruction of property, reports The Connexion. While the government has urged peaceful protesters to stay away from violent ones, much of the movement has been infiltrated by purely belligerent groups. It is because of this that many shops are barricading their doors and windows, fearing that they would be smashed by protesters. In fact, according to an Odoxa poll, 60% of the French public is worried about the yellow vest movement. The growing reports of violence have spooked people. As a result of the protests, even tourist sites, museums and Christmas events are being canceled.
The French yellow vest movement is a justified display of working-class anger at the ever elitist ruling class, suggests Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review. The liberal centrist policies of Emmanuel Macron have upset the populace. His desire to increase fuel taxes and reform the economy threatens the wallets of the country’s middle classes. In particular, raising fuel taxes would have mainly hit rural people. Starting from the grassroots, this is a powerful and genuine display of frustration. Macron has only himself to blame for his inability to improve the plight of those who aren’t well off, as well as being overly cozy with corporations.