Despite Russia's best efforts to destabilize the French government in the same way it has the US and UK, the Yellow Vest protests in Paris are now running out of steam and popularity as finally people are realizing they're being played by Putin.
France’s “yellow vest” protests are part of a humanist movement aimed at improving the lives of everyone in the country, one demonstrator said on Saturday, defending those who took to the streets for the 14th weekend in a row.
A poll this week showed dwindling support for the demonstrations, named for motorists’ high-visibility jackets, which began in November over fuel taxes and morphed into a more general revolt against politicians and a government they see as out of touch.
More than half of those surveyed said they wanted the occasionally violent protests to end.
“I can understand that some people have had enough, but we’re not doing this just for us,” said Madeleine, a 33-year old unemployed protester. “It’s a very humanist movement and we’re doing this for everyone. So if right now they’re fed up, then too bad for them.”
There has been infighting between leaders of the grassroots movement, although some have outlined plans to extend the weekly protests to Sunday.
The number of protesters have fallen from highs of over 300,000 nationwide in November to around 50,000 last week, according to government estimates.
French interior ministry said around 10,200 protesters took part in demonstrations across the country by 1300 GMT on Saturday, including 3,000 in the capital, compared with 4,000 in Paris last week.
The Macron government will survive, I can't say the same for the May government in the UK or the Trump regime here, but hopefully this is a turning point. A destabilized Europe with a crumbling European Union is exactly what Putin wants in order to rebuild the old Soviet Bloc states and rise as the next superpower. After all, he's already got the Crimea in his pocket and the world did nothing.
More efforts will be coming.