The members of the French Yellow Vest swear to further protests and claim that Macron exploits the fire of Notre Dame
Members of the French "Yellow Vest" movement claim that the image of an unbroken unit that emerged after the inferno at Notre Dame Cathedral and the $ 1 billion in donations that helped rebuild it are being exploited by the French president Emmanuel Macron, and vowed to protest this weekend in full against the social and economic injustice in the country.
"Can you imagine 100 million, 200 million in one click!" Philippe Martinez, head of the militant CGT workers union, told The New York Times. "It really shows the inequalities in this country."
The spectacle of rival billionaires who had publicly promised hundreds of millions of dollars to quickly restore the famous cathedral became a grudge to some.
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"They are here to look at all those millions who have accumulated after fighting five months in the street against social and fiscal injustices," Ingrid Levavasseur, founding leader of the movement, told The Associated Press. "It breaks my heart."
She added, "What happened in Notre Dame is obviously an unfortunate tragedy, but no one died, I heard someone speak of national mourning, are they crazy?"
The blaze that broke out in Notre Dame on Monday caught the world's attention and sent a shockwave through France. Macon vowed to rebuild the cathedral in a television address to the nation in five years.
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"It took less than 24 hours to talk about the fire while waiting for us for three weeks before addressing our issues, "Levavasseur said. 1
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The Yellow Vest activists – named after the fluorescent coats that French motorists must have in their cars – condemned the struggles of low paid workers and retirees and accused the Macron government of favoring the rich, protest on 22 consecutive weekends.
Frustrated by the government's lack of reaction, Levavasseur has not attended the demonstrations in recent weeks, but told The Associated Press that she is considering protesting on Saturday because she has been more ignored since the Notre Dame tragedy be. 19659003] And she is not the only one who feels that way.
Yellow Vest demonstrators gather on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. French yellow ves They protested against a 17th weekend in Paris and other cities against the economic policy of the government, which they consider the rich.
(AP Photo / Francois Mori)
"The yellow west will show their anger over the billion found in four days for stone and nothing for the needy," wrote Pierre Derrien on the Facebook page of a yellow-waisted group based in Montpellier.
More than $ 1 billion has been committed to the restoration of the cathedral, and many French citizens believe the money could be better spent elsewhere. Some have also criticized the donations of billionaires because they are entitled by their commitments to substantial tax relief. The Pinault family said they would not ask for a tax deduction for their donation to Notre Dame.
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In fact, taxes were one of the most pressing issues of the Yellow Vest movement which advocated favoring the rich at Macron by abolishing wealth tax as part of its stimulus plan. The standard of living of workers sank.
Over the past few days, anti-rich messages have flourished in the social media as the Yellow Vest protesters coordinated their action for the weekend.
"A small message for all patrons (Pinault, Arnault and the others), hospitals are on strike because they lack the funds, so if you can make a gesture …" wrote a Facebook user.
Meanwhile, dozens of other rich donors have demanded that they be more generous with the French subclass.  "Vi ctor Hugo thanks all generous donors willing to rescue Notre Dame and suggests doing the same with Les Miserables," she wrote on her social media pages, quoting the French writer Ollivier Pourriol and his droll reference to Hugo's famous novels about the cathedral and The Life of the Poor.
Tristan, a Yellow Vest supporter denied his full name for fear of being identified by the police after being driven to Paris for demonstrations on weekends in Paris, prefers to stay away from polemics
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. He donated a donation of $ 90 to Notre Dame – a lot of money for the 29-year-old is under construction. "I am a Catholic, I am a regular churchgoer and I felt personally touched. Tears came to my eyes on Monday night.
He added what shocked him most was Macron, who said the cathedral would be rebuilt in five years.
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"It's obvious he never had a trowel in his life," Tristan joked.
When the Yellow West planned their protest over the weekend, religious officials wore the cross during the Good Friday procession near Notre Dame in Paris.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.