Global Politics & Cultures (formerly Independent Thought & Freedom)
Episode 82

54: Jacques Cheminade | The Revolution in France Is Not Being Televised

Kirk Meighoo published on

France has been experiencing protest action for over a year, continuously, with thousands of injuries of protesters and police.

It is a populist, grassroots political movement for economic justice that began in France in October 2018.

The protests have involved demonstrations and the blocking of roads and fuel depots, some of which developed into major riots, described as the most violent since those of May 1968. The police response has been brutal, resulting in multiple incidences of loss of limb.

This is at the same time a middle class movement and a radical movement, crossing political boundaries, from the far-right to the far-left, against the existing establishment.

That this has not been receiving the international press coverage and political analysis it deserves is a scandal of the highest order. Compared to the Hong Kong protests, there has been no support, no coverage. It is as if they are trying to "un-person" this movement, to deny its very reality.

To me, this only signifies its importance.

Today, I am pleased to have on my programme again Mr. Jacques Cheminade, President of the French party Solidarité et Progrès, three times candidate to the French presidential elections.

We discuss:

- majority support for the protests in France
- a revolt against the "social liberal system" and financial dictatorship of the City of London
- how the French revolt is part of a world movement
- How the French pension reforms are linked to the insurance companies
- the paralell protests of the Yellow Vests and the Trade Unions
- erosion of wages, strangulation by credit, the replacement of wages by low interest loans
- how the right/left divide is illusory, dividing the victims of the global financial system
- comparison with the Occupy Wall Street movement
- political-sociological description of the Yellow Vest movement
- revolt of the working poor and lower middle class, who are normally politically passive
- the role of violent Black Bloc (Antifa-type group)
- similarity and difference with the Occupy Wall Street movement
- radical environmentalism as tool of the financial oligarchs
- comparisons with the revolts of 1968
- the potential alliance between the Yellow Vests, the Trade Unions, and the banlieu (ethnic and immigrant suburbs)
- the possible solution that the Belt and Road Initiative could provide
- analysis of Emmanuel Macron and his contradictions
- The EU's Austerity in Europe compared to the IMF's Structural Adjustment in the Third World
- the violent brutality of the repression against the Yellow Vests

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