“We are facing people who are not here to protest, but to smash and we want to have the means to not give them a free rein,” Philippe told TF1 television’s evening news program on Thursday, revising upward an earlier figure of 65,000 forces.
The "yellow vests" protests started weeks ago as opposition to a "climate change" related fuel tax but has since expanded. Protesters are now calling for the resignation of French president Emanuel Macron. Students have joined the uprising.
But don't consider this populist (and now student) revolt as a demand to move in the direction of laissez-faire. Many protesters are calling for a higher minimum wage and higher taxes on corporations.Anti-Macron students turn violent in France pic.twitter.com/vKn9dPAkdA— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 7, 2018
Revolutions, while they can harass those in power, are not necessarily good in and of themselves, the result most often is simply the replacement of one power center with another.
Lenin, although a communist, was a great strategic thinker when it came to revolutions and always rejected non-controlled (by him) revolutions.
He was also a master of taking control of revolutions already in play.
The question at this point may be: If Macron is forced to resign, what power player will replace him?
The odds of it being someone that would move France toward more liberty for the masses is very small.