As the ‘in-order-too’ of saving Macron, M. 37%, from his demonstrated incompetence to ‘govern’ France, much less to lead the E.U. , Edouard Philippe announces a harder line on gilets jaunes , an increase in fines, and the firing of police chief Michel Delpuech. To be replaced by a political fellow traveler of Thatcherite Radical Fillon, or worse? Will Macron’s dependable arrogance lead to him in the wrong direction, prior to the publication of his ‘Grand Débat National’ findings?
Speaking on Monday after a series of emergency meetings, Edouard Philippe said the government would increase the fine for participation in an undeclared event. Paris police chief Michel Delpuech was also dismissed.
“From next Saturday, we will ban gilets jaunes protests in neighbourhoods that have been the worst hit as soon as we see sign of the presence of radical groups and their intent to cause damage,” Mr Philippe said in a televised statement, flanked by interior minister Christophe Castaner and justice minister Nicole Belloubet.
The quotations from Guillaume Tusseau, a fellow Technocrat, to match the Macron, Philippe and Party Boy Castaner trio, reminds the reader that these French Posh Boys are utterly inexperienced in the art 0f governance, not to say inept. And therefore are completely unprepared to face The Revolt of The Great Unwashed in all its political hues.
Two sources of information that might ‘balance’ the Financial Times Macron Propaganda:
Headline: Eye on France: More yellow vest violence in central Paris
Sub-headline: After another weekend of yellow vest violence and disorder, notably in central Paris, the French papers are dominated by pictures of street fighting and by debates about policing, protestors and the alleged theft by law-enforcement agents of Paris St Germain football jerseys.
Headline: Report from the Ground in Paris: The Most Recent Gilets Jaunes Protests
By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Our own Colonel Smithers was in Paris for the most recent Gilets Jaunes protests (“Gilets jaunes protests cause extensive damage on Champs-Élysées“; “Macron calls for ‘strong decisions’ after violent Yellow Jacket protests“) and threw a series of emails over the transom. I’m going to put extracts from the Colonel’s mail in chronological order and add pictures that he sent; I don’t need to add any commentary, because Colonel Smithers is so lucid.
Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.