Breaking Eggs – French Style

I was in the Post Office this afternoon, sending off a parcel. As I stood at the counter filling in address labels my nose was streaming and I didn’t even realise it. The girl behind the counter produced some tissues to clean up the mess. Just a quick update, because I’m dead on my feet with a really bad cold at the moment.

In the week before Christmas the police demolished most of the gilets jaunes encampments on the roads and roundabouts of France. In the last week or so the gilets jaunes have started appearing again on the roads and roundabouts – and in my quiet neck of the woods in much greater numbers, despite the awful January weather. Last Saturday we had Acte VIII, which was a big one, in both Paris and the rest of the country. This week President Macron’s response to this has been to announce even harsher measures against the demonstrators. As a result of this Acte IX next Saturday might be a bit subdued, or maybe it won’t. It’s hard to tell in these situations how things are going to pan out. One thing is for certain, the more that the hated Macron tries to break the yellow vests the more messy/violent the omelette will become.

The following brief video is French language, yet most of the satire is visual and quite easy to follow…

And a reminder that the first proper UK yellow vest protest is due to take place next Saturday.

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Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year to one and all. It goes without saying that 2019 looks set to be an interesting one, and I mean that in both a good way and a bad way. One example of a good way is the gilets jaunes movement in France. Yes, I know I’ve been banging on about this continuously just recently, so I’ll just add a brief note about it here: I’ve heard many accounts of riot police taking off their helmet and joining the protestors. Last night, New Year’s Eve, the gilets jaunes were out on the streets again; not in great numbers and most of it was peaceful, because people just wanted to see in the New Year. A gilets jaunes demo that was not peaceful took place yesterday evening in Bordeaux. At 9 minutes 25 seconds into this video you can see a riot cop who’s taken off his helmet and leggings and joined in with the protestors (in the video they’ve blurred out the cop’s face to protect his identity). One wonders what happens to these riot police who defect to the gilets jaunes? I would presume they lose their job. Do they also get prosecuted?

Anyhows, stuff like the gilets juanes is why the psychopaths who rule us are quietly rolling out the police state. God, what a world, and hasn’t it always been so…

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Acte VII des Gilets Jaunes

I make no apologies for returning to this subject again, because what’s happening on the streets of France at the moment is history in the fast lane.

The gilets jaunes protest in Paris yesterday was the smallest one so far, with somewhere between 1000 and 2000 protestors. The smaller number could be because we’re in the middle of the Christmas holiday. It’s also because the police have been arresting and intimidating protestors from the regions before they can even get to Paris. One thing I’m fairly sure of is that the small size of the Paris demo is not because the gilets jaunes movement is running out of steam. This brief news bulletin shows footage from yesterday of gilets jaunes demos in Marseille, Nantes, Amiens, Bordeaux, Rouen and Toulouse. As far as I’m aware, the Rouen demo was the biggest in Acte VII, with something like 10,000 people on the streets (if interested you can find better footage of the Rouen demonstration here). The most common chant at all these demos is Macron, va te foutre tu! (Macron, go fuck yourself!). Interestingly, at one point during the Paris demo the gilets jaunes gathered outside the BFM-TV building and started chanting fake news! fake news! The gilets jaunes no longer buy into the lies and bullshit pumped out by the presstitutes, which is one reason why the Establishment are so terrified of the gilets jaunes (the manufacturers of tear gas canisters must be making a killing at the moment – from yesterday’s Paris demo see this).

But let me get to the reason for this post: the news footage I link to above shows demonstrations that took place in six of France’s biggest cities, but yesterday there were also gilets jaunes demonstrations in towns and other cities the length and breadth of France. Here’s some examples (the Brittany one is quite interesting):

Acte VII des “Gilets jaunes” à Besançon le 29 décembre 2018 (eastern France, near the border with Switzerland)

Gilets Jaunes 29 décembre 2018 Carrefour Langueux (Brittany, north west France)

Gilets jaunes Dijon – ACTE 7 (in the Burgundy region in eastern France)

Acte 7 – Affrontement entre gilet jaune et CRS dans la gare (Montpellier) (South of France)

Hopefully the above videos will give some idea of the utter chaos that happened yesterday during Acte VII, and this was in the regions outside of Paris. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in all my life. If this is not Revolution I don’t know what is.

It’s hard to say just how widespread the gilets jaunes movement is, because of its unaffiliated nature. The French police have said that there were 12,000 protestors on the streets of France yesterday. If you look at the video links I’ve given here you’ll see that it was far more than that, probably in the 100s of thousands, and this in the middle of the Christmas holiday. Some of these regional demonstrations were relatively small, whilst others were massive, and there were thousands of demonstrations. There were an awful lot of angry people on the streets of France yesterday. It’s one reason why I don’t think the gilets jaunes are going to disappear anytime soon.

The protests don’t just take place on Saturdays. It’s 7 days a week. A favourite protest spot for the gilets jaunes is roundabouts, all across France (they’ve been at my local roundabout for weeks now). They build encampments at the roundabouts so that they can shelter from bad weather and warm themselves by a fire. In the week before Christmas the police demolished most of these encampments. This was mostly done by military police, because many Gendarmes didn’t want to do it. There’s been many surreal moments over the last seven weeks. Here’s another one, which took place in the small town of Margencel in southeastern France, where the gilets jaunes danced to the strains of Piaf’s La foule, shortly before the police demolished their encampment…

The full version of Edith Piaf’s La foule can be found here.

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Respect My Existence or Expect My Resistance

The title of this post is taken from a banner that one of the protestors was holding up in Paris today (it also sort of rhymes in French as it does in English). The ‘5th Act’ (as the demonstrators call it, because this is the fifth weekend of protests) began in a subdued way. At lunchtime it looked like this was going to be a quiet one, but as the afternoon wore on more and more protestors joined in, until there must have been at least ten thousand people on the streets of Paris; this on a godawful wet and cold December day – I’m sure it was great fun to be soaked by a water cannon on such a day. Je salut les gilets jaunes.

There’s a lot I can say here, but I suppose I just want to briefly say that this all gets too Paris-centric: these demonstrations are taking place all over France. This includes my own very rural neck of the woods in south west France, although as yet there’s been no violence from either the police or demonstrators here (the police here are currently turning a blind eye to it). Things are different in other parts of France. The following footage, from today 15th December, comes from Saint-Brieuc, a relatively small place in Brittany, in north west France. Outside of Paris these scenes are being repeated all over France…

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The King Addresses the Plebs

This evening President Macron has made his first televised address to the nation in almost two weeks (Macron’s address follows at the end of this post). Macron threw out a few crumbs whilst saying that he will not withdraw tax cuts for the rich. This will only inflame the gilet jaune movement. Expect another round of major riots next weekend.

I should perhaps reiterate that despite the fact that the mainstream media have only picked up on these protests recently, this major civil unrest has in fact been going on for many years now. It all stems, of course, from the 2008 economic collapse. In France, the civil unrest started to kick-off when the then President Sarkozy raised the pension age, this after a massive bail-out of the banks. It kicked-off big time in January 2016 (almost three years ago now), when the plebs started protesting against the proposed new employment laws which had been put forward the previous September by the Hollande government. They were also protesting against the state of emergency which had been introduced after the Paris ‘terror attacks’ in November 2015. The protest against the state of emergency culminated in a general strike on 31st March 2016. The civil unrest has been going on ever since.

Here’s the King/Jupiter addressing the plebs today…

I won’t even get into what’s going on in the UK at the moment.

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The Point of Non-Retour

I’m starting to feel like an extra in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, what with the two big protests in London today by Brexiteers and Remainers; but let me stick with France for the moment. A few days ago l’Humanité (a newspaper closely associated with the French Communist Party) published a piece which featured an interview with an anonymous CRS/riot police officer. This officer said that since the start of the gilets jaunes protests he’s taken sick leave, because he’s sympathetic with the protestors and doesn’t want to have to confront them. The officer said that many of his colleagues feel the same way. During yesterday’s riots in Paris there were nearly 10,000 police on the streets and I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that on a number of occasions police took off their riot helmets and joined the protestors. Of course these protests are taking place all over France. The gilet jaunes are picketing toll booths on the autoroutes, and they’ve been pushing up the barriers and allowing drivers to go through free of charge. The police have largely ignored this. As was shown in places like East Germany and Romania, when law enforcement starts sympathising with protestors it normally means a quick end for the ruling elite.

But this is France in 2018 and what’s happening with the gilet jaunes is totally unprecedented – ie, a popular uprising totally unconnected to political movements. However it all pans out there’s no going back now. Things will never be the same again (governments all around the world will be quaking in their boots when they see what’s going on in France). This is a revolution, but as with all revolutions at some point the political process has to take over from boiling anger on the streets. Talking of which, the 2017 French presidential election was quite a close run race, with just six points separating Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. In the first round Macron got less than 20% of the vote, and in the second round Macron only won the presidency because most of the French voters didn’t want the (then) even worst prospect of Le Pen as president. Now it seems almost certain that Macron is toast and won’t see out his presidency. The French will either go for Mélenchon or Le Pen. It looks like we might, sometime soon, have the rather interesting prospect of a genuine socialist in power in France, and a genuine socialist in power in Britain. With the way it’s all panned out, you really couldn’t make this stuff up. I think I’ve already mentioned that I feel like an extra in A Tale of Two Cities.

Here’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon, speaking the day before this fourth wave of protests. There should be English sub-titles on this video. If the sub-titles don’t appear click on the first little icon on the right of the tool bar.

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France – What’s Going to Happen Next?

As is usual in these situations, there’s all kind of rumours flying around at the moment. One thing you can say with almost certainty is that these protests won’t stop until the Macron government is swept from power. It looks like we’re in for a fourth weekend of massive protests. One rumour flying around is that this weekend large numbers of the police are going to go on indefinite strike, and these police are going to join the protestors. If this does happen we’re almost certainly looking at martial law in France. What happens then is anyone’s guess.

The following video is the nearest I can find, with an English translation, that accurately reflects the feeling on the streets of France right now…

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Fuel and Fury and France

This morning the French government announced that it’s suspending the hike in fuel prices. It seems unlikely that this will assuage the boiling anger on the streets, anger that stems from a whole host of other things as well as the rise in fuel prices. Following this morning’s announcement, this afternoon I was down in our nearest village of any size, which is a ten minute drive away and straddles the Vienne river. The village is quite large and the traffic used to be terrible, because the autoroute between Limoges and Angouleme ran right through the centre of it. About five years ago they built a bypass (bliss!). The bypass intersects with a roundabout on the outskirts of the village before continuing on the old road to Angouleme. This roundabout has been picketed by the gilets jaunes for weeks now (remember, this is quite a remote part of France). This afternoon the gilets jaunes completely blocked the roundabout, causing horrendous traffic jams on the autoroute and forcing me to turn around and drive back into the village.

I would say that what’s happening in France at the moment goes beyond the civil unrest of 1968, because the 1968 protests began with the students and later spread to factory workers. The gilets jaunes encompass a much wider range of people and the protests are taking place all over France, even in my quiet neck of the woods. I seem to find myself now living in a country that’s undergoing a revolution. The amazing thing is that thus far only four people have been killed in these protests…

An 80-year-old woman who was hit in the face by a projectile as she closed the shutters of her apartment in Marseille during rioting on Saturday became the fourth person to die in the violence

The ‘projectile’ is said to be a rubber bullet, although I can’t confirm that. Apparently it’s all going to kick off big time again this coming weekend. If it does I think I can safely call this a revolution, a revolution that has contained totally surreal moments…

And totally brutal moments…

The gilets jaunes are just the latest manifestation of large scale protests and riots that have been going on in France since January 2016 (almost three years ago now), when the plebs started protesting against the proposed new employment laws which had been put forward the previous September by the Hollande government. They were also protesting against the state of emergency which had been introduced after the Paris ‘terror attacks’ in November 2015. The protest against the state of emergency culminated in a general strike on 31st March 2016. The civil unrest has been going on ever since.

Who knows where it’s all going to end..?

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Unconfirmed: at least three protestors shot dead by the police in Paris today

As well as water cannon and tear gas, the police in Paris have now also started using rubber bullets…

https://www.rt.com/news/445350-rt-reporter-injured-paris-protests/ (there’s been much worse injuries from rubber bullets than what happened to this unfortunate RT reporter, but I won’t get into all that).

The Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe were the main points of protest. To begin with the police only used rubber bullets, but in late afternoon they started using live fire. This apparently resulted in at least three protestors being shot dead and many others being injured.

To repeat, I cannot verify any of this. It’s only what I’ve heard ‘over the wires’.

Addendum: 24 hours after making the above post I still can’t find any verification that the Paris police shot dead protestors with live fire. What might have happened is that the police were using rubber bullets, and deaths might have resulted from this. The French authorities are admitting that at least one person is seriously ill as a result of these rubber bullets:

More than 400 people were arrested on Saturday, with over 300 still in police custody on Sunday. More than 130 people were injured, while one protester is in serious condition in a coma.

President Macron has said today, in response to the riots, that he’s thinking of declaring a state of emergency. This is a bit superfluous, since a state of emergency was permanently written into French law in October of last year as a response to all the ‘terror attacks’.

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Here’s a View of Some of the Psychopaths I Keep Banging on About

One of the Psychopaths in Chief is Tony Blair:

Likewise, here’s a few others (From the UK point of view). Look into their fish-dead cold eyes. These psychos are responsible for the deaths of literally millions of people (including their own people) and are war criminals of the highest order…

Such creatures are utterly repugnant to all people who are still able to retain some sanity in the tidal wave of propaganda (which is mostly ‘death propaganda’, whether at home or more grandly overseas – politically the UK is a vassal state of the USA). Talking of which, here’s how these absolutely vile creatures can mostly get away with their heinous crimes. I’m not picking on the Guardian here – you can say exactly the same thing about the Daily Mail, etc – it’s just that the level of psychopathy with regard to the Guardian has now reached breathtaking levels. Here’s Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, accepting the IAPC Freedom of Speech Award earlier this year. Watch the body language from an editor that’s cheered on every American war with glee, an editor who’s gone all out to destroy a real journalist like Julian Assange (now facing his seventh year of political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in a supposedly free country) an editor who’s taken the corporate dollar to totally destroy a once great newspaper and turn it into a CIA propaganda tool. It’s amazing what people will do for money…

https://off-guardian.org/2018/11/27/discuss-the-secret-meetings-of-paul-manafort-julian-assange/

https://off-guardian.org/2018/11/28/people-hold-opinions-i-dont-share-we-should-stop-them/

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This is all absolute bollocks to distract you from what’s going on at the moment

Assange Never Met Manafort. Luke Harding and the Guardian Publish Still More Blatant MI6 Lies

There’s revolution in France, and we’re on the verge of war with Russia. How can anyone take Craig Murray seriously?

The Danse Macabre doesn’t sum it up.

Until we all get incinerated by these psychopaths I will continue to ask these questions.

And you criminal lunatics in MI5 and MI6 will be brought to trial.

Make no mistake about that.

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Here’s how it works (the banking system)

Henry Ford (of the Ford Motor Company) once famously said: “If Americans knew the truth about our banking and monetary system, there would be a revolution before morning.”

Here’s what Henry Ford was talking about: what’s now politely called ‘the deficit’ is basically interest owed on government debt, and it’s tens of billions of dollars or pounds every year, and is just paying the interest on huge loans that can never be paid back.

These loans are given by private banks that are dressed-up as central/government banks, such as the Bank of England and Federal Reserve.

The point here is, any government that can issue it’s own currency does not normally need to take loans from a private bank, and most importantly pay interest on those loans. An independent government with its own currency, and a nationalised central bank, can easily issue loans to itself without interest payments (the deficit).

The reason we’re paying all those tens of billions in interest charges is because it’s the biggest scam in history, and has been going on for more than a 100 years now.

Forgive me for not being too polite at the moment, but I’ve had enough of all this shit, and all those who enable it.

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And even more bullshite from Craig Murray

Please note that the likes of Craig Murray never directly address the issues here…

Officers and Agents

It’s all bullshit and bollocks, to make you believe that he’s an insider trying to ‘tell truth’.

The reality is very different.

These people are criminal scum.

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More Complete Bullshit From Richie Allen

Strange, non, that Richie Allen hasn’t made one mention of the huge protests in France, despite the fact that the ‘future Mrs Allen’ is French.

It does make you wonder about ‘controlled opposition’, and all that.

I know, I take the piss out of them all. These total low lifes deserve it.

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More Complete Bullshit From The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/26/letter-jeremy-corbyn-peoples-vote-brexit-labour-gina-miller

At the risk of sounding like the record’s stuck, Jeremy Corbyn has been a lifelong opponent of the EU project. However, a majority of Labour MPs (mostly Blairite trash) are Remainers, and as leader of the party Corbyn has to reflect this. Much of the Labour Party manifesto under Corbyn goes against all EU law (such as nationalisation of the railways, etc). Ie, Corbyn & Co, whatever you think of them, are the real Brexit in waiting.

Things are incredibly difficult to predict at the moment, but it looks like we’re in for a UK general election in February or March of next year.

I know this is a bit cliche. I’ll have to do a separate post about Blake’s Jerusalem, because it’s a very interesting poem (about the horrors of the Industrial Revolution), and it’s also very relevant to what’s going on in France at the moment (they’re still protesting, folks). Since France is one of the biggest players in the EU, it’s absolutely criminal that the presstitutes in the UK have barely reported the major civil unrest in France over the last 3 years or so.

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