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What is the most serious riot in France in the past 50 years?

What is the most serious riot in France in the past 50 years? 

(Original title: The most serious riot in France in 50 years, what exactly did Mark Long do wrong?) 

French President Mark Long is probably a bit "headache" lately.  As soon as the G20 Argentina summit closed, Mark Long flew back to Paris without stopping. 

A street social movement marked by the "yellow vest" has continued for almost three weeks in France and has shown no signs of stopping.  The old "romantic capital" is now full of fire and chaos: the interior of the Arc de Triomphe, the iconic historic building of Paris, was looted. The French national symbol, the statue of Marianne, was smashed. Protesters sneaked graffiti outside the Arc de Triomphe and wrote "overthrowing." Slogans such as the bourgeoisie and "McLragon stepping down"... 

Then the question is, who is the "yellow vest"?  What is the reason for them to be so angry?  What is wrong with Mark Long?  To this end, "Meiwu Guanchao" interviewed Xue Yan, a French scholar at Shanghai International Studies University, to hear his interpretation of the incident. 

International Studies University incident

Who is the "yellow vest"? 

 The yellow vest, the iconic clothing worn by the diesel driver, was the first part of the violent protest. 

 In 2018, with the rise in international oil prices, the price of diesel in France increased by about 20%, and the price of diesel became as expensive as gasoline.  There are more diesel cars in Europe, and France is no exception, especially in the middle and lower levels.  In addition, the government has raised the tax on gasoline and diesel at the same time, and plans to increase taxes further in 2019, raising the fuel tax to 0.65 euros.  France has already squeezed into one of the countries with the most expensive oil prices. 


Fuel plus tax, a large number of truck drivers, has become the most affected by the rise in oil prices, and these people are also people with lower income levels, the rise in oil prices will inevitably directly affect their daily life that is already difficult. 

 Xue Yu said that in fact, the fuel tax increase is the established policy of Mark Long's predecessor during the Hollande government, but Mark Long did not change this policy that easily triggered social dissatisfaction, which caused dissatisfaction among the people who had supported Mark Long. 

 â€œHowever, after three weeks of fermentation, the current demonstrators, in addition to raising the fuel tax victims, and the large number of low-income groups and rural residents who subsequently joined, even mixed with many criminals who fought on the occasion of the parade. Xue Yu said that he likes revolution and hates reform, and has always been the genes of the French people.  In France, such a group of people often mix in the procession, using the parade to vent their dissatisfaction with violence.  These people usually cover their original appearance with black masks, and they are also the main force in conflict with the police. 

The most serious riot in France in 50 years what exactly did Mark Long do wrong.


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