France is currently being hit by widespread protests and riots that have led to violent clashes with police and have damaged hundreds of injured and property worth several thousand dollars.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump apparently decided it was time for him to come to terms with the protests – by posting a tweet by Charlie Kirk a 25-year-old conservative political activist and passionate Trump supporter , shared with its millions of fans.
There is a problem, though: Nothing in the tweet is accurate even remotely. The only fact is that in France there are protests against the fuel tax and that there are actually roads in the city of Paris.
There are uprisings in socialist France because of left-wing fuel taxes
Media barely mentioning this
America is booming, Europe is burning
They want to obscure the middle-class revolt against cultural Marxism.
"We want Trump to be sung through the streets of Paris
– Charlie Kirk (@ charliekirk11) 4 December 2018
Reducing social benefits and health and safety is not a" left-wing "policy
. Kirk – who does not shy away from his deep contempt Socialism – writes: "In socialist France there are uprisings because of radical left-wing fuel taxes." Well, the protests partly affect the fuel taxes – just not "radical left".
French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new gas tax earlier this year that will increase fuel prices by about 30 cents per gallon and continue to increase over the next few years. (Gas costs about $ 7.06 per gallon in France.)
But Macron, a former investment banker, does not use the tax to support or expand benefits – on the contrary. It is part of his broader plan to reform the French economy to make it more economic.
He cut spending on popular, long-term social programs and withdrew occupational safety. For example, it has made it easier for companies to recruit and dismiss employees, and has fought unions to stop subsidizing certain sectors.
As the New York Magazine reports:
In May, thousands of high school students joined unionists and officials in protesting Macron's plan to cut back on 120,000 civil service jobs, in addition to cutting benefits for the French Railway workers who are unionized public sector workers. Macron's budget for 2019 "includes a reduction of 18.8 billion euros in payroll taxes to encourage recruitment and investment," the Times reported in October. This is a continuation of the tax policy he had not long after taking office in 2017. A newly strengthened Macron quickly campaigned to lower taxes on businesses and on the richest 10 percent of French households.
Last time I checked, shut down OSH, lowered taxes on wealthy businesses, and social assistance programs are usually not politics with a "radical-left" agenda, as Kirk put it.
The protests also refer to Macron's elitism and scorn for the working class.
Although fuel price tax protests could have started, they have since changed. A broader indictment of Macron's dealings with the French economy and his elitist disregard for the effects of his policy on the French working class.
The French economy is growing, but very slowly. The bulk of the growth is concentrated in its big cities like Paris and those on the periphery and in rural communities have not seen much. In addition, the rural population in France depends much more on cars than on the city dwellers, which is why many in these regions are the most annoyed with gas taxes.
"Ask a Parisian – it's not a problem for him because he does not need a car," said Marco Pavan, a truck and taxi driver in a small town near the border between France and Switzerland, on Saturday the Washington Post. "We live on the edge of a mountain," he continued. "There is no bus or train that takes us anywhere. We have to have a car. "
That's why some see Macron as president of the rich. Jeff Lightfoot, a French expert in the Atlantic Cabinet in Washington, DC, told Vox last week that Macron will introduce changes that could confound many of the country's rich areas, but which might not be able to outrun the poorer citizens of the nation. 19659023] To summarize again, the demonstrators are mostly workers from the working class who are furious with an uncontrolled elite president whose policy favors the rich and business at the expense of the French working class.  This is literally the opposite of a "middle-class revolt against cultural Marxism" when Kirk characterized the protests.
("Cultural Marxism" is a favorite right-and-right word), "where he is the generic term for various un-American and anti-Western diseases such as atheism, secularism, political correctness, gay rights, sexual liberation, feminism, affirmative actions, liberalism "Socialism, anarchism and, above all, multiculturalism," explains Vice.
Trump should know all this. Instead, he verified that he repeated false comments to Kirk.
Trump's disregard for the truth and the active attempts to create his own reality – and convince his followers of this imaginary reality – are nothing new.
But the fact that the incumbent President of the United States either fails to understand or deliberately misrepresent the fundamental dynamics of a massive political crisis that puzzles one of America's closest allies is deeply disturbing.
Trump has the entire US intelligence apparatus at his fingertips when he wants to know what's going on in a particular country. He could also call Macron at any time to ask him what's going on.
Instead, the President decided to re-publish the factually inaccurate analysis of a 25-year-old conservative US activist known for his magic's ability to discover hidden styles of socialism wherever he goes.
It's also possible that Trump did not even bother to think deeply about the allegations that Kirk made, and he just shared Kirk's tweet because he describes people on the street from Paris: " We want Trump ".
To be honest, there is a video that seems to show people that they "We want Trump". It's just not clear whether they're serious or just cheering guy who wears a rubber Trump mask and dances for the crowd.
Oh, and it seems, the video was taken in the UK – not in France.