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Independence for French Workers — and the Military

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In a country whose population has been famous for demonstrating at the drop of a hat, ever since Parisians assaulted the Bastille in 1789, the Yellow Vest movement launched in October 2018 has brought the population to the brink of total breakdown.

While Emanuel Macron’s international image, based on his wide-ranging initiatives, grows exponentially, domestically, he is being challenged as no French president in recent memory. Successes and failures both flow from his self-identification as a ‘Jupiterian’ leader. What works with Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, increasingly antagonizes French workers and students.

Not only France’s powerful unions, but its free-wheeling rebels refuse to accept a retirement overhaul that would eliminate special regimes for certain professions. Stressed-out train drivers have allied with ballet dancers whose bodies fail them at 35, to oppose the one size fits all project based solely on the number of quarters worked. For the first time, trade unions affiliated with left, right and center have been joined by the massive, leaderless Yellow........

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