French Ambulance Workers Join The 'Anti Macron' Rebellion In Mass Protest
Over one hundred ambulance drivers protested in Paris Monday morning
Over one hundred ambulance drivers protested in Paris Monday morning as President Emmanuel Macron faces a growing backlash inspired by the Yellow Jackets.
French Paramedics blocked the Place de la Concorde near the National Assembly in central Paris, with many blaring their sirens denouncing government-ordered industry reforms, according to France Info.
In solidarity with the Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests, some workers sported high-visibility vests
The protest against Article 80 of the Macron government’s 2017 Social Security Budget, which cuts the funding of the social security system changing the way ambulances are paid.
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The bill will be introduced to members of the National Assembly Monday for the ultimate vote.
Ambulance firm ownerJean-François, who has ten employees told Le Figaro, “The problem goes well beyond the case of paramedics. There is a general sluggishness. It’s been 28 years since I started my business, we have not received an increase.”
Civic action against Macron’s reforms has been noted by high school pupils, with the Ministry of Education verifying that at least one hundred schools across France — in Marseille, Toulouse, Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera), and Seine-Saint-Denis — have been closed by students protesting.
Paris - Blocage surprise de plusieurs centaines d’ambulances devant l’Assemblée Nationale et sur la place de la Concorde. pic.twitter.com/VaVXp5Fe04— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) December 3, 2018
Macron is now considering using military troops to bring martial law to the city's streets as angry protesters torched cars, smashed windows and clashed with police.
In France's worst urban rioting in more than ten years, the activists, known as 'yellow vest' protests, launched the rebellion against fuel tax hike but has developed into weeks of civil unrest spreading across the city.
So far, there have been 133 people injured, including 23 police officers, and a total of 412 arrests.
Macron visited the Arc de Triomphe, a landmark which was taken over by the protesters calling for him to resign, as the French government considers commanding a state of emergency to prevent the uprising.
The French leader will hold a crisis meeting today with his prime minister and interior minister in a bid to tackle the public challenging his presidency.