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8 Official Spokespersons “Elected” for Gilets Jaunes, One already booted out for belonging to a Trade Union.

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Macron, t’est foutu, la TaxPayers Alliance est dans la rue!

After a meeting of regional representatives the Gilets Jaunes now how Spokespeople and an Official Delegation.

Des “gilets jaunes” créent une “délégation” officielle

They have issued these demands,

After consulting  supporters on Facebook, the delegation addressed “two main proposals” to the government  : “reduce  all taxes” and  “create of citizens’ assembly” to discuss the themes of ecological transition, “taking in account of the voice of the citizens “, the increase of the purchasing power and insecurity (i.e. crime), the text announced.  They also ask to be received at the Élysée Palace by the Head of State.

Some local groups have not reacted favourably to the initiative, reports  Laure-Hélène de Vriendt for RTL Paul Mara,  spokesperson for Marseille compared the Macron’s Paris centred decison-making. 

A peine nommés, les 8 porte-parole des gilets jaunes réfléchissent… à virer l’un d’entre eux.

The appointment of the eight spokespeople was made “in a hurry” this Sunday, during a procedure restricted to 44 regional representatives of the movement.

After examining their credentials, for any political or trade union affiliations, one of them, Jason Herbert, a former journalist, now in charge of communication as a member of the National Council of journalists of the CFDT-Journalists was found out. He had also a ‘past’ as a representative for workers at employment tribunals,  (Conseils de prud’hommes.)

France Info reports more divisions inside the movement with more and more local groups refusing to recognise these people’s legitimacy:

“Pour qui se prennent-ils ?” : les huit porte-parole officiels des “gilets jaunes” ne font pas l’unanimité


There’s even a new Yellow Party:

Those on the British left who have reported on the Gilets Jaunes have so far studiously ignored the far-right element at the head of the march chanting the Identitarian slogan “on est Chez Nous on Saturday on the  Champs-Elysées.

The French government is not so forgiving:

“Gilets jaunes” : le slogan “on est chez nous” rappelle “furieusement la peste brune”, juge à son tour Benjamin Griveaux.

Today President Macron is making a speech on his “Green” “Transition énergétique.”

Faced with violent anti-government protests, French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday will announce a 10-year blueprint for France’s transition to cleaner energy.

France 24.

Update: It’s just emerged that one of the 8 national Spokesperson of the Gilets Jaunes, Thomas Miralles, stood for the Front National (now Rassemblement National) of Marine le Pen in 2014, and before that a Republican list backed by the Parti Socialiste (2010). Both apparently were “youthful  mistakes”.

RTL played this song today: And Me and Me and Me, to celebrate the Gilets Jaunes’ demand for lower taxes and, no doubt, more, better, public services.






Written by Andrew Coates

November 27, 2018 at 11:41 am

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  1. It is completely correct to denounce extreme rightists and their slogan On est chez nous.

    However, look who is talking in this case.

    Benjamin Griveaux, spokesman for Macron.

    The same Griveaux who favourably quoted infamous anti-Semite Charles Maurras (also praised by Macron himself):


    Macron, who also praised anti-Semitic dictator Pétain:



    November 27, 2018 at 1:28 pm

  2. That may be important, but since I posted on the identitarians chanting this before Griveaux said anything, and since it is an established fact, who says it is not exactly relevant except to note that it gave him and Macron a pretext to denounce the Gilets Jaunes.

    As for the attempt to link a scream for lower taxes to ‘anti-austerity’ protests, j’en ris encore….

    Andrew Coates

    November 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm

  3. Taxes: may I remind you of the British Conservatives’ bedroom tax, and poll tax?

    Higher taxes are NOT automatically ‘left’ wing government policies. Higher DIRECT taxes on big corporations and the rich may be. Even they may not be policies of a left government: under US Republican President Eisenhower, taxes on the richest people were over 90% (Eisenhower was no leftist,though not as far right as later Republicans).

    INDIRECT taxes, like VAT etc. always hurt poor people more.

    The Dutch right-wing government has lowered direct taxes for corporations and the rich, while increasing indirect taxes, hurting poor people:


    Just like Macron in France is doing.


    November 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm

  4. So are you arguing for cheap petrol and diesel?

    Andrew Coates

    November 27, 2018 at 7:13 pm

  5. I am arguing for free public transport everywhere.

    Not so long ago, Dutch Finance Minister Ruding was angry at workers who did not like to commute or to move to other towns to get jobs. He said they were too fond of living close to Tante Truus (aunt Trudy). As public transport becomes a victim of privatisation and austerity, and there are less jobs in small towns, governments anf capitalists leave the workers no alternative to commuting with cars. Cars of which they then raise indirect petrol taxes in order to lower the direct income taxes for the fat cats of Total oil, Shell and other big corporations.

    Ruding very deservedly became a hated person for his Tante Truus remark. One leftwing newspaper columnist even compared him to Adolf Eichmann.


    November 27, 2018 at 7:26 pm

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