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A ‘Yellow Vest’ protest in Rouen, France; a mural in Paris by Pascal Boyart based on Eugene Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading The People

Today, in The Irish Times

Lara Marlowe reports:

The revolt is ideologically closest to the far right.

Gratuitous violence, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia are the dark side of the movement that has plunged France into its worst crisis of the past half century.

Like Donald Trump’s grassroots supporters in the US, the gilets jaunes deeply distrust traditional media.

Journalistes, collabos, journalistes, collabos,” they chant in front of television, radio and newspaper headquarters. Journalists are regarded as part of the elite, and as “collaborators” of the Macron administration.

The future of Europe, as well as the future of France, is at stake in Macron’s struggle quell the gilets jaunes.

Le gulp.

Yellow vests’ reactionary and populist traits not just a French problem (Lara Marlowe, The Irish Times)

Earlier: Force Majeure

Pic: Armani

A French riot police officer brandnshing Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle in Paris on Saturday during Yellow Vest protests

French riot police have deployed semi-automatic weapons with live ammunition against Yellow Vest protestors for the first time.

Officers were filmed brandishing Heckler & Koch G36 weapons by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday afternoon.

…Live ammunition 30 cartridge magazines could be seen as officers marched the streets, although none were used as 5000 police were deployed on the streets of the French capital.

Yellow Vest protestor Gilles Caron said:

‘The CRS with the guns were wearing riot control helmets and body armour – they were not a specialised firearms unit.

Their job was simply to threaten us with lethal weapons in a manner which is very troubling. We deserve some explanations.’

French riot police are now using semi-automatic weapons with live ammunition against Yellow Vest protestors as Macron’s law and order crisis spirals (MailOnline)


World Rugby writes:

‘Absolutely bloody delighted’ France ‘s Daniel Brennan gives hilariously honest reaction after his side beat New Zealand to book a place in the final of the #WorldRugbyU20s

Daniel Brennan?

For the weekend that’s in it.

Sunday, 4th of March, 2012.

A drizzle dampened Paris.

This, the rescheduled fixture from February that was frozen off.

The game described as a “classic” by a big corporate sponsor on Youtube (above) some years later, was anything but, despite the best efforts of Tommy Bowe (top).

A despondent Gerry Thornley in the irish Times, lamented:

Thus, no less than the French and perhaps even slightly more so, Ireland were left rueing a first draw with Les Bleus since the championship winning year of 1985 and first in Paris since 1950, and their first of any kind since the 20-20 draw with Australia in Croke Park in November 2009….


This is the one that definitely got away (Irish Times)


Fake shoulder to fake shoulder.

France Vs ireland Vs Superbowl

Rob O’Loughln writes:

What with the weekend that’s in it..

French President Emmanuel Macron

“What Europe is missing today is a common strategic culture. Our incapacity to act together in a convincing way undermines our credibility as Europeans.

“Europe as we know it is too weak, too slow and too inefficient.

“But only Europe can give us the means to act on the world stage as we tackle the great challenges of the day.”

Mr Macron called for the creation of an EU defence force by 2020 that would give the bloc “autonomous capacity for action” and proposed creating an European security training academy.

The centrist leader also proposed an EU tax on big technology companies and international action to regulate online activity.

There you go now.

Emmanuel Macron calls for EU army and shared defence budget (Independent.co.uk)

Previously: New European Order

Pic: AFP