Macron’s assault on living standards and liberty cannot be ignored any longer.
The problem with the French strikes and the yellow-vest movement is that they disrupt the prevailing narrative. Britain, Italy, Hungary and Poland are supposed to be the wayward European countries which have fallen to the dreaded populism. France, on the other hand, is run by a liberal centrist Europhile – the kind of person the media class would like to have running Britain (ideally from inside the EU). The fact that the French people are rising up in their hundreds of thousands against the media class’s preferred mode of government is not something that is ever seriously reckoned with. The sad truth is that the British media do not need to be coerced through state authoritarianism to ignore or downplay the French revolts — they do it of their own accord.
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