Macron: 'I'm a Yellow Vest Too, If It Means Wanting A Better Salary'
French President seemingly 'misses the point' behind protests
As the Yellow Vest protests against the French government's crippling economic policies approaches its twelfth week, President Emmanuel Macron claimed he could be 'Yellow Vest' if it meant standing for 'higher salaries.'
Macron, who recently claimed Brexit "can't be delivered," seemed to miss the point behind his people's revolt by branding the Yellow Vest movement about 'salaries.'
“If being a yellow vest means wanting fewer parliamentarians and work being paid better, I am a yellow vest, too!” Macron said on Thursday in an attempt to level with a grassroots movement.
The President described the Yellow Vests as a social and political movement without “a fixed claim and leader" in an interview with several French media (BFM TV, Paris Match, Le Figaro.)
He then said the movement has “mutated” since its beginning and has been “infiltrated by 40,000 to 50,000 militants who want the destruction of institutions.”
Macron spoke on the RIC – the “Citizens’ Initiative Referendum” which has been demanded by the Yellow Vests.
It envisions popular votes being held to enable the French people to vet government policy proposals before they go ahead.
But true Macron's form, he dodged a straightforward question by insisting it was open to the possibility of a referendum, but he doesn't want the popular vote to invalidate parliament decisions.
Then Macron ruled out a referendum on a wealth tax, a popular reform of his, giving his name of the “president of the rich.”
in December, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe admitted the government made mistakes.
French President Emmanuel #Macron has deployed riot police armed with "anti-terrorist" semi-automatic assault rifles, using live ammunition, to deal with the #YellowVest protesters on the streets of France.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) January 14, 2019
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"We made mistakes. We did not listen enough to the French people. I remain convinced that they want this country to be transformed,” Philippe told Les Echoes.
Earlier this month, Italy’s Matteo Salvini pledged his full support of France's Yellow Vest movement while attacking Emmanuel Macron for being a 'President against his people.'
The leader of the Northern League said, although he supports the Yellow Vests, he “firmly” condemns violence within the protests.
“I support honest citizens who protest against a governing president [who is] against his people,” said the Italian deputy prime minister.
Di Maio said France and Italy's politics "has become deaf to the needs of citizens who have been kept out of the most important decisions affecting the people.
Macron and Salvini have had past rivalry and history of public name-calling.
Salvini recently mocked the French president as a “lab mouse elected to keep the elitist political system in place.”