In Paris, as in 140 cities across France, protesters braved rain and cold to say “F…” to the government’s health policy and Emmanuel Macron’s inappropriate remarks. Doesn’t look good.
How many people? The question is asked at every demonstration and the numbers of some are not the numbers of others. Beyond the battle of numbers, it is certain that there were tens of thousands, on Saturday January 8, 2022, despite the cold and rain, to beat the pavement in Paris and in 140 cities of France, against the vaccine. Against the absurd policy of the health authorities and against the unworthy statements of the President of the Republic.
And because he wanted to “anger” the unvaccinated “until the end”, and turn a part of the French people into second-class citizens, Emmanuel Macron turned part of the opinion against him, catering and non-restaurant. This does not bode well for him less than 100 days before the first round of the presidential election, on April 10, 2022. They reported him on Saturday, January 8, almost everywhere in France.
Police officers in the procession
In Paris, if several rallies were organized against the vaccine lane and against Macron, two are especially worth mentioning.
A first procession organized by Florian Philippot and his party, Les Patriotes, departed from the Royal Palace at 2 pm in the direction of Place Vauban. An umbrella for some, a headscarf for others, they were too many to take on the traditional slogans “Even if Macron doesn’t want it, we’re here, we’re here…” (a well-known tune). More obvious signs: “Fuck Macron”, “Mano, don’t touch my children.” Amid the crowd, Bruno Attal, national secretary of the French Police Officers and Police Syndicate was furious: “The police are not there to disturb the unvaccinated but to protect the French. It is better that Macron provokes the wrath of the merchants.”
A second procession, very dense, organized by the yellow jacket group and various personalities. Departure from the place of Catalonia. On the road, some clashes with the police. Tear gas on the Boulevard de l’Hôpital. Along the way, the European flag, in reference to the controversy over the European flag that was flying under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was dismantled, before being removed.
Rumble in Montpellier and Nancy
In 140 cities in France, people demonstrated to criticize Macron “this dictator in shorts” according to a protester in Toulouse. In Marseille, several thousand people set out for the march that had formed in the Old Port. In Lyon, Toulouse, Mulhouse, Colmar, Strasbourg, Brest, Nantes, Lille, Clermont, Metz, Nancy and many other cities in France, hundreds of thousands of protesters chased after and chanted slogans hostile to the President of the Republic.
In Montpellier, the demonstration was punctuated by some incidents and the police had to use tear gas canisters in Place de la Prefecture. In Nancy, between 800 and 1,000 people demonstrated at the invitation of the Lorraine block, starting at Maginot Square. Some clashes with the police on Saint-Jean Street. A policeman was hit by a shell and had to be taken away by firefighters.
In short, a Saturday to mobilize as we knew it in the summer of 2021. It could give some new enthusiasm to the Yellow Vests and all the anti-fax, anti-pass and other anti-Macron in the approaching elections.
– Clement Lanot January 8, 2022
– La Provence January 8, 2022
– n current values (Values) January 8, 2022
– Charli☀️🦎 (@CharliB97783485) January 8, 2022