Tocqueville and the Yellow Vests

Tocqueville and the Yellow Vests

Gaspard Koenig, president of the think tank Génération Libre

Extract
Tocqueville described long ago what we’re now going through with the Yellow Vests

Paradoxically, many of the complaints made by the Gilets jaunes (Yellow Vest protesters) sound like the political prescription of La République en marche! supporters in 2016. So says Gaspard Koenig, liberal philosopher and president of the think-tank, Génération Libre. That revolutions break out in countries that reform themselves, was already observed by Alexis de Tocqueville in his L’Ancien Régime et la Révolution [The Former Regime and the Revolution].

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Seamlessness

Seamlessness

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (“AKK”) : “Bring together. And lead together”

Published in Cicero Magazine
7th December, 2018
Frankreich ist eine Warnung
Translation by TheEuropeans

France is a warning

With the election of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as its new party chairman, the CDU has settled for continuity. It has, thereby, thrown away its chance to regain the lost confidence of the citizens. France provides an indication of where this path might lead.

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Open Letter to “A Hated President”

Open Letter to “A Hated President”

François Ruffin, Deputy, La France insoumise

Published in Libération
26th November, 2018
Translation by TheEuropeans

In 2017, François Ruffin addressed a letter to Emmanuel Macron, describing the “hatred” that the French felt for him. More than a year later, the Deputy hammers in the message again: “What unites the Gilets jaunes [Yellow Vests] is the aversion you provoke.”

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Le Figaro Editorial

Le Figaro Editorial

Translation by The Europeans

4th December, 2018.

Counterpoint : These back-downs imposed by the street trivialize the presidency of Emmanuel Macron and demonstrate its vulnerability.

If, according to the wise formula of Pierre Mendès-France, “to govern is to choose”, then Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe are no longer governing. For the three announced “moratoriums” were in no sense chosen: they were imposed, granted out of war-weariness and the absence of any other card to play to appease an anger that showed no signs of subsiding.

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The ‘Yellow Vests’ : How the Intellectuals Saw Them Coming

The ‘Yellow Vests’ : How the Intellectuals Saw Them Coming

Quand les intellectuels voyaient venir les ‘gilets jaunes’
LE FIGARO/ANALYSIS, 19th November 2018.
The Yellow Vests movement, more than just a popular uprising, is a new symptom of the revolt of whole populations against the globalized society — a revolt that cuts across all Western democracies.

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“Yellow Vests : The Demonstration at Place de la Concorde Will Be Prohibited”

“Yellow Vests : The Demonstration at Place de la Concorde Will Be Prohibited”

En Direct — ‘Gilets jaunes’ : la manifestation place de la Concorde sera ‘interdite’
LE FIGARO/LIVE, 20th November 2018.
Tolls, roundabouts etc. Since the beginning of the yellow vests [gilets jaunes] movement on Saturday [17th November], blockages have continued everywhere in France, punctuated by violence and arrests.

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