The protestors of the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vest) movement have inflicted a humiliating defeat on French President Macron. He has been forced to climbdown and, in a Presidential tv address, has offered a series of reforms in order to try to head off the movement, including a €100 a week increase in the minimum wage.
By Jane West
The French presidential elections ended with Macron sweeping into the Élysée Palace on 66 per cent of the vote, and Le Pen roundly defeated. But this is the beginning, not the end. Macron has no alternative to the politics of austerity that have destroyed the Socialist Party, and therefore he will fail. His popularity will be short-lived and the fight between the left and the far right as to which will succeed in hegemonising the increasing alienated French electorate will break out with renewed force.