OH THE IRONY: Paris Now Patrolled by EU Military Force
Just weeks ago, as President Donald Trump was preparing for a trip to meet with Emanuel Macron, his French counterpart, a strange exchange occurred between the two.
Macron had insisted that the European Union create a “European Army” to defend against a number of possible antagonists…including the United States. As imagined, this did not go over well with President Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to slam Macron just hours before the two met.
Now, in a strange fit of irony, EU military forces are defending France…not from the United States, but from revolutionaries who are protesting Macron himself.
Armored vehicles rolled through central Paris on Saturday as riot police clashed with “yellow vest” demonstrators, who set fire to barricades and hurled rocks in the latest demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron.
Shouts of “Macron, resign” mingled with tear gas on the Champs-Elysees avenue, which was the scene of the worst rioting in Paris in decades last week.
The protesters weren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Government calls for protesters to stay away from “Act IV” of a battle that began over fuel prices but ballooned into an anti-Macron revolt fell on deaf ears, with demonstrators making their way to Paris from across the country.
Scenes from often-serene Paris were heartbreaking.
The riots stemmed from protests over a Macron-endorsed fuel tax hike that his since been rescinded to no avail.