President Macron Silent as Protests, Violence Plague France
French President Emmanuel Macron seems to have gone awol
As Paris braces itself for another night of protests, the French President Emmanuel Macron seems to have gone awol as the government attempts to quell the chaos.
Thousands of security officers were deployed as France's capital saw police clashes against yellow-jacketed protesters, according to Agence France-Presse.
The city saw landmarks like the Eiffel Tower closed as swarms of protesters took over the capital.
According to new polling figures, support for Macron has plummeted to the lowest in his entire Presidency.
Macron, who took power in 2017, presenting himself as a spokesman for multilateralism and globalism, has seen massive revolt as populist movements sweep across Europe.
The French President is usually present world stages pushing his agenda, but this week, he has mysteriously kept out of the limelight.
Macron originally stood firm on the crippling fuel tax hikes, insisting they were essential to combat climate change and countries reliance on oil.
But last week, the French Government has announced it delay it's "climate tax" on fossil fuels.
France's leader is accused of using Climate Change fears to usher in taxes on gas and diesel that hurt hard-working everyday people instead of the already-wealthy.
As French protesters take to the streets, President Donald Trump mocked French President Emmanuel Macron in Tweet highlighting that the "yellow vest" protesters agree with him on the 'flawed' Paris Climate agreement.
The government deployed 89,000 additional police officers to deal with the protest, which is showing no indication of slowing down.
As French ministers scramble for solutions, Macron is nowhere to be seen.
Marine Le Pen, Macron's right-wing 2017 opponent, urged the President o meet with protesters before Saturday.
"Do not hide at the Elysee, do not ask others to do what the French expect of you, listen to them, hear them before Saturday," she told reporters.
“Is Macron still in Argentina? He must surely have an opinion,” left-wing 2017 presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon tweeted, a reference to Macron’s recent visit to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
Reuters reports Macron plans to address the nation, but that might be too late.