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Macron’s hard-line stance against yellow vest protesters backfires

French president Emmanuel Macron ratcheted up the rhetoric against protesters who have been in the streets of Paris for more than two months on Friday, accusing them of promoting revolution.

If he believed that his words would strike fear in the hearts of the yellow vest demonstrators, he was hugely mistaken.

On Saturday, more than 50,000 protesters took to the streets across France, more than double the number from the previous weekend.

Daily Caller:

Nearly 50,000 protesters trampled Sunday through towns and cities dotting France, including Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Rennes and Marseille.  Street marches began peacefully enough in Paris but soon degenerated into a maelstrom of violence and chaos.

Some protesters threw haymaker punches at baton-wielding police officers while other agitators lit cars on fire outside the Champs Elysees.  Much of the sting from the yellow vest protests, which began in November, had dissipated after Macron pulled back on an unpopular carbon tax.

But protests are firing back up with renewed intensity.  They began surging again after Macron promised in a New Year’s Eve address that his administration will take a hard line against future protests.

Read the full story from American Thinker

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