Protests against Emmanuel Macron
|Protests against Emmanuel Macron|
|Date||7 May 2017–present|
|Methods||Demonstrations, riots, vandalism, arson, assault|
Since Emmanuel Macron was elected President of France on 7 May 2017, a series of protests have been conducted by trade union and left-wing activists in opposition to his neoliberal policies, his support of state visits by certain world leaders, his positions on labor code reform, and various comments or policy proposals he has made since becoming president.
According to Amnesty International, the state of emergency that has been in place since the November 2015 Paris attacks has been used to clampdown on protests with authorities using emergency powers to stop protests related to the Labor law reforms 574 times.
On May 8, 2017, only a few hours after Macron was announced the winner of the 2017 French Presidential Election, union protesters began clashing with French authorities in Paris under fears that Macron's economic program would take away workers’ rights. The protest was organised by "Social Front", which had already staged protests before the second round to protest the two frontrunners, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. One specific protest organized by the Social Front had 950 to 1,500 protesters with individuals trying to occupy publicly owned buildings like a railway station in Rennes. Nearly 150 protesters were arrested after reports of missiles being thrown at the police and mass vandalism being done.
The May 8th protest was supported by the CGT and SUD unions.
Protests during Macron's presidency
After Macron was inaugurated on 15 May 2017, there were numerous risks from Labour unions about the prospect of a large organized protest. The CGT Union has attempted numerous times to organise a large-scale demonstration against Macron with one currently taking place on September 12, 2017. Macron has actively tried to prevent this by opening Labor code reform negotiations with trade unions. The reception among the unions has been mixed with the head of the FO union supporting the negotiations, the CFDT deciding to stay neutral, not participating in the September 12th protests and the CGT denouncing the negotiations alongside its ally SUD. Jean-Luc Melenchon from La France Insoumise has spoken in support of the September 12th protest encouraging members to attend. Melenchon himself organized a protest on July 12, 2017.
President Donald Trump's state visit to France during Bastile Day was met with protests, protesters gathered around Place de la République to create a "No Trump Zone". Protesters were reportedly protesting about the Trump visit and Macron's policies with the ranks of the protesters being made up of socialists, pro-Palestinian groups, migrants’ rights activists, environmentalists and anti-fascists. Despite mass protests, 59% of French people approve of Trump's visit.
Following Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's announcement of the plans for immigration reform, a small protest was led by a group of LGBT activists in Paris holding up a sign reading "Macron starves migrants, queers without borders"
A series of protests by wine producers in the South of France have been ongoing since Francois Hollande's presidency. These demonstrations generally involve arson, sabotage and assault. These protests are caused by the importation of wine rather than buying it from French producers and the loss of culture. These protests have led to a 25% decrease in sales for Spanish wine producers. Spanish tankers transporting wine are usually the target of these attacks.
Pro-Palestinian protesters began to demonstrate against Macron offering Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu a place at the Paris Holocaust Ceremony. The French Communist Party also opposed Netanyahu's visit. The organizers of the protest were unknown but Le Muslim Post, a religious radioshow promoted the demonstration, encouraging listeners to attend.
23 March 2018
200,000 rally against Macron nationwide.
19 April 2018
Tens of thousands of striking rail workers, public sector staff and students rallied across France against President Emmanuel Macron. SNCF and CGT were the major unions in the protests against plans by Macron to remove job-for-life guarantees and pension privileges for new recruits.
13 May 2018
26 May 2018
A day after the Emmanuel Macron "suggested he could be close to victory in a public battle over his reform agenda," Several thousands people across France, led by CGT trade union and some 80 other organizations protested against Macron’s reforms of the public sector, described by the organizers as imbalanced and "brutal." According to CGT 80,000 people participated in the protest in Paris, and 250,000 came out across the country. However, France Police said that 21,000 people participated in the Paris protests and that 35 protesters were detained for various "offences". Seven police officers were injured. Police fired tear gas and deployed 2000 officers to the event and the demonstrators were holding placards reading "Stop Macron!".
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