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Yellow West, fraternize with trade unionists

tens of thousands of people in France, a call to the trade Union, the CGT to a day of action against "social Emergency" followed. The protests of the trade unionists with their red vests, representatives of the yellow West, joined on Tuesday in Paris and elsewhere.

they were opposed to the unions, so far, skeptical. In Paris, several thousand people took to the street. The protesters demanded higher wages and a re-introduction of the wealth tax that was abolished under President Emmanuel Macron to a large extent. The Eiffel tower remained for tourists closed because employees participating in the rally.

In Marseille in the South of the country, the Prefecture consisted of about 5200 protesters, in Lyon, in Eastern France, 4,300 people were involved. Also in Strasbourg, Caen, Le Havre, Clermont-Ferrand, Tours and other cities, there were larger rallies. CGT-chief Philippe Martinez spoke of a success. "Here, many are yellow the West, and that's good," he said. "Until the color of the West, I don't see many differences." The CGT is calling for higher wages and the withdrawal of public aid for the company.

The appeal had also joined several other unions and the left party La France Insoumise (The indomitable France). Students and members of the globalization-critical network Attac.

The yellow-West movement was able to mobilize with their call for a resignation Macrons last more protesters than the trade unions. Last Saturday the country were followed by far-almost 60'000 people to their calling. However, the participation is declining: At the Start of the protest movement, it was the middle of November, more than 280'000.

Macron represents mayors in the Paris suburb

French President has, in the framework of its "National debate" once again, questions and criticism from the mayors of the country. "What I expect from you is that we can have a real exchange." This Macron said on Monday in Evry-Courcouronnes, a municipality South of the French capital in the Metropolitan area of Paris.

"There is no taboo," said master Macron in front of the more than 200 citizens and Association representatives. An important issue about the planned elimination of state-sponsored jobs. Macron promised with the topic. The President had called the "National debate" to calm the yellow West-crisis. It Macrons was the first trip in the suburbs of Paris in the frame of the debate. "I'm sure you will listen to me, because my Name is Brigitte," joked a mayor with regard to Macrons wife Brigitte.

in Front of the community center, about two dozen yellow West protested. In the small village of road have been built in lock, heavily armed security forces were deployed. "In the name of the people, we said: "Enough"" on the poster in a small group.

Parliament facilitates Demonstration bans

Against the Background of the yellow West-protests, Parliament has tightened sanctions against alleged perpetrators of violence and Masked approved. The Paris national Assembly approved the so-called "Anti-rioters-the law" on Tuesday in the first reading by a large majority. It has also been in the party in government to sharp criticism, because demonstration bans are significantly easier.

The national Assembly approved the draft with 387 against 92 votes. Around 50 members of the party La République en Marche (The Republic in motion) President Emmanuel Macron abstained. They fear a massive restriction of civil rights.

hefty fines

According to the amendment, threaten prefects can say without a judicial basis for the first time, a demonstration of prohibitions against all, "which pose a particularly serious threat to public order". In case of contravention, six months in jail and a fine of 7500 euros to threaten the protesters.

The "Anti-rioters-law" also provides for a goddamn mask ban: Who covereth his face partially or in full, must reckon with a year's imprisonment and 15 000 Euro fine.

The design pushes, particularly when the left wing of Macrons party to sharp criticism. Opponents warn of a demonstration, banned against government critics and massive abuse, should one day right-wing populists to come to Power. Also, Macron-close-to-legal experts and police Union are opposed to the plans.

The Conservative-dominated Senate, from which the Law emanated originally, had already agreed in October in the first reading. In March, the second reading is planned there.

Created: 05.02.2019, 17:53 PM

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