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Opinion: It is not just about petrol prices - years of austerity in France caused violent protests

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AS A FRENCH native living in Ireland for the last twelve years, I feel the information that Irish people are getting about the situation in France is incorrect or biased.

According to Irish newspapers, the root cause of the problems is Macron’s politics as well as the planned increases on tax on petrol. But there is much more to the story than that.

The French people have endured consistent and cumulative cuts to living standards over the course of the last twenty years. The French are a practical people and they tightened their belts as much as they could until eventually they found they could no longer survive.

What the government is doing to the citizens is the proper way to boil a frog.

It is nearly too late now for the majority of French citizens. This is a country where working hard is not enough to provide a basic living.

My experience, like that of many other people around me, was that we had to cut out nearly everything. Restaurants and nights out became a rare occasion, instead inviting friends to your home for food and drinks is so much cheaper.

Flowers for your wife? Forget about that – it’s too expensive. Toys for the kids? Wait........

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