December 16, 2018
According to the media, yesterday’s Yellow Vest protest was half the size of the week before.
That is definitely not a good thing.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s concessions to appease Yellow Vest protesters on Monday were a major reason for the reduced turnout in ‘Act 5’ of the protests on Saturday, said Andrew Smith, French politics specialist at Chichester University.
“If you look at the estimations of the numbers, it’s down by about half from last week,” Smith told FRANCE 24.
“There’s clearly a reduced desire to take to the streets and protest,” he continued. “I think one of the key factors is that we had the Macron speech – the big address to the nation – on Monday. That was important: he took a lot of ownership for the problems [at the root of the protests], he admitted mistakes, and he legitimised the protesters’ complaints, and he introduced some tangible measures to remedy them.”
The cold weather is being blamed for the poor turnout.
I didn’t think that there would be anything serious accomplished by this movement, since it has no leaders and no goals. But I did expect them to be able to force Macron to resign.
But if they can’t keep up the street action, not even that will happen.
That said, I’m not even sure this is true. It’s impossible to know. And they could just be saying “only half turnout” to try to demoralize the protesters.
There were definitely a lot of people out yesterday.
I covered yesterday’s event heavily yesterday, and included all of the viral videos going around.