The group said it sympathized with "the malaise and suffering expressed by our compatriots" over the last two months but denounced "violent groups" that had exploited protests. The Blue Vests also call for an end "to all forms of violence and hate" and the group's founder Laurent Segnis wrote on the group's Facebook page in late November that "we want to show that there are more and more of us refusing these blockages, refusing these violence, these obstacles to freedom, these attacks our freedom of opinion.
The French government was initially slow to react to the Yellow Vest protests in November, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe vowing not to "give in" and stick to the fuel tax rises. Then, the government offered to delay the fuel tax increases but the protests got worse and so on December 4 the government said it would suspend the increases for six months. A day later, all increases were scrapped although Macron refused to reinstate a tax on higher-earners. After Macron surveyed the damage done in Paris in the Saturday December 8 protests, the government's attitude changed.
Anti-government protests are widely seen as a revolt against Macron whose policies have been seen as pro-business, pro-urban and pro-wealthy. He has struggled to live down a comment he made after his election in May when he said he would govern France like Jupiter, the king of the Roman gods. Needless to say, Macron hardly endeared himself to the people and his popularity ratings have fallen during his tenure. Macron, a former economy minister, has struggled to shake his reputation as a president of the rich, particularly amid a reform drive to shake up taxation, the labor market reforms criticized for making it easier for firms to fire staff and a complex pension system.
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Plans to streamline France's public sector and Macron's pledge to cut , jobs before have also made him unpopular with state workers and France's influential unions. It's no surprise then that Macron's popularity remains low, although in January it saw a rebound from December, according to the latest opinion poll in mid-January by French institute Ifop for newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.
Macon's approval ratings stand at 27 percent in January, up 4 percentage points from December. Among the 1, adults who were polled online and by telephone by ifop, however, only 4 percent of those surveyed said they were "very satisfied" with his performance and 72 percent remained dissatisfied.
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A police vehicle sprays water cannon at protesters during an anti-government demonstration in Paris on January 26, VIDEO CNBC Explains. Protestors block an access to the A11 and A 28 highways near Le Mans, northwestern France, on November 18, a day after tens of thousands of people blocked roads across France in a 'yellow vest' protest against high fuel prices.
People clashes with riot police during an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest movement on January 19, For the Act XI of the Yellow Vest movement, more than 10 people took to the streets of Toulouse for the anti-governement protest on January 26th Plain clothes police officers with riot shields, batons and rubber bullet guns police the Yellow Vest movement protests for the tenth week running on January 19, in Paris, France.
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