In the third straight week of protests by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Jackets) movement, hundreds of protestors were arrested as violence and arson took place across the country with smoke blanketing the Paris skyline in what has been called an “insurrection”.
The protesters are emboldened by the lack of resistance from the police and military. The conflict will continue until there is a repeal in the taxes or until there is real bloodshed of the protesters. Regardless of whether the protesters believe in global warming or not, they do not want to be taxed in an effort by the government to reshape how France operates. Macron believes that by taxing the gas at a high rate, it will force people to look to green transportation such as electric cars. The public disagrees with this tactic.