‘We haven’t got a revolution…yet’ – Macron continues to face ANGER and PROTESTS in France

UK correspondent for France 24 Benedicte Paviot told Newsnight that while France has not reached a revolution yet, there is still a lot of anger throughout the country. She said: “He wants to separate law and order. Anybody that tries to protest, or rather, particularly the right-wing troublemakers or agitators, then they will be dealt with harshly.

“So we’ll see where this movement goes. Some are saying that it is as big as 1789.

“We haven’t got a revolution yet, but there is a real anger.”

In 1789, France saw the start of a revolution that would overthrow the monarchy and the government.

The journalist explained the current protests are not like average demonstrations and they were extremely dangerous for Mr Macron and his government.

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She said: “It’s tapping into a real anger.

“It is dangerous for President Macron. Even more dangerous for his prime minister. Why?

“It’s across France. It’s across the party political divide.

“I think that it is not irrelevant that we’ve had three, well two, successive single-term presidents. President Sarkozy. So, conservative, right-wing, five years.

“And, then, we had President Hollande.

“This is about an anger that started about fuel prices and its now widened to over forty different demands from this group and it doesn’t have any leaders.”

Ms Paviot added these protests were something France has not seen in a long time and that it is impossible to predict where events might lead to.

The journalist said: “France is used to protests.

“What is new is there have never been so many injured.

“Police and in the protesters. That is something to be looked at very carefully.

“There is no real possible guarantees of predictions of where this is going to go.

“What the movement is looking at is whether it is going to develop a structure.

“They don’t say that they have leaders.

“Eight of them are due to meet tomorrow the prime minister Edouard Philippe, two of them have backed out saying that they need that structure.

“There’s an accusation tonight that instead of just structuring, it’s political people trying to get into the movement.

“But what the French president and the French prime minister are trying to do is to engage in a dialogue.”

According to Ms Paviot, while the demonstrators are angry about the file prices, their biggest complaint are the costs for housing.

She said: “The biggest thing in the list of demands is the anger at the living costs.

“And what I thought was very interesting today, in Argentina, President Macron macron said ‘I recognise this anger.’

“He separates, since last week, people who have general grievances about living costs, he wants to listen to them, he says that he wants to engage with them.

“That’s what his prime minister says he wants to do.”