Watch Live: French Activists, Unions Clash With Riot Police In First Anti-Macron Protest

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Macron won the French presidential elections against Marine Le Pen. Now comes the hard part.

Emmanuel Macron may have won Sunday's presidential election by a comfortable margin, but even his supporters' enthusiasm is tempered by the scale of the challenge that the inexperienced politician faces in tackling France's deep-seated economic, social and security problems, Reuters notes. Macron, the former economy minister of the Francois Hollande - whose regime led to a dramatic deterioration in the French economy - and who had never previously stood for elected office, is facing his first major protest less than 24 hours after being elected, with activists and unions holding a protest on Monday against Macron’s proposed labour reforms plans.

And, according to French press reports, tensions are rising in the post-vote protest in Paris against President-elect Emmanuel Macron, as well as against the upcoming economic reforms. Police have briefly engaged in scuffles with protesters, according to Reuters, which adds that a hundred and forty-one people were arrested in Paris after trouble flared overnight following Emmanuel Macron's victory in France's presidential election, police said on Monday.

Those detained in Menilmontant, a north-eastern district of Paris, were accused of offences ranging from throwing missiles at the police to damaging property. The demonstrators were protesting both against Macron - criticized by many on France's far left as a member of a discredited elite in thrall to global capitalism - and against his defeated far-right nationalist rival, Marine Le Pen.

Riot police stands in a street while people take part in a demonstration on May 8/ AFP


“He is not our president”, “Say No to the new labor reform!”, “Say No to repression”, read the banners held by demonstrators.

Representatives of trade unions, left wing groups, as well as anti-fascists and anarchists are taking part in the rally, according to French media

“En Marche! is pushing towards social war” said another banner held by protesters. The En Marche! political party was created by Macron in 2016 after he stepped down as Economy Minister under Francois Hollande’s government to join the presidential race.

Activists announced before the presidential run-off that they would demonstrate regardless of who won, saying that both Macron’s and rival Marine Le Pen’s policies are anti-social.

The protests are not over: the hardline leftist CGT labor union planned a demonstration in the capital later in the day against the kind of liberal economic policies that Macron espouses.

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Looney's picture


On the first day in office, Macron plans to have his clit pierced.  ;-)


Manthong's picture

France has just been literally taken over by the banking mafia 

How could anybody even think that when Macaroni was the guy who campaigned as an anti-establishment candidate, used “Hope and Change” for a motto and worked for The Rothschild Bank?

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Every day I feel like Im walking in a dreamworld and this feeling of being disassociated with reality is growing stronger as time goes on. The only real emotion resonating a sense of impending doom and that I have to get ready. For what I dont know but its like a animal instinct in my gut that danger is coming.

Does anyone else have this feeling? How fucking far down the rabbit hole are we really going to go before something finally breaks?

Juggernaut x2's picture

The feeling you are getting is termed "collective consciousness"

AltRight Girl's picture

That will sure attract more tourists.

But mostly those the UK stopped importing:

UN Wants British Political Parties to “Take More Refugees”

Jim Sampson's picture

Something something you can keep your sharia law!

Never One Roach's picture

Minor problem that importing another 8 million rapefugee Muslims and Africans can't solve.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Rothschilds will be having a celebratory fetus roast at their chateau this evening. White tie, of course.

JRobby's picture

Cause "They" fixed it! No way the grandma fucker got 65%!!! No fucking way!!!!!

The people's are rioting! they should be!!!

DRTexas's picture

He really did.  Because the French, in their infinite wisdom, overwhelmingly submitted "Blank or soiled ballots" as a protest against both candidates.  They are acting like American snowflakes because they didn't get THEIR president.


Be careful what you ask for; you just might get it.

geeves's picture

So that's how Macron won. The ballot counters correctly interpreted a "soiled ballot" as a vote for Macron since he's a globalist piece of s&#$.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Stockhold syndrome is a hell of a drug.

JRobby's picture

So who did they really want?

newdoobie's picture

CNN on at the airport, showing victory rally. hundreds of people holding flags up and a DJ spinning tunes. 


No smiles on the people and no dancing. They just stood there with their flags... like they were paid to be there.

DRTexas's picture

If you like your machete, you can keep your machete!

BlueGreen's picture

struck me right and gave me a good morning laugh, thank you

SumTing Wong's picture

I was at the Bastille the day after Sarkozy was elected. They destroyed the bus stops around there, lots of shattered glass. They had painted the Bastille column with orange graffiti, including misspellings, which REALLY pisses off the French. I lived in Paris for two years and saw tons of manifestations. It seems the only thing the French are really first-class at is being pissed off and finding a way to use that so that they don't have to work.

I take that back. They make some damned good breads and pastries. And the boulangeries never go "en greve." Those people are too busy running a business, making a living. 

I'm listening to French 70s and 80s music now. The French used to be great artists, too.

And Americans once weren't whale sized. I know. Times change. Why do we all seem to keep devolving en masse?

Mimir's picture

And still productivity of French workers is higher than that of US workers.

Ghordius's picture

and that of UK workers

and no, this is exactly the kind of factual remark that goes downvoted, here on ZH on it's way to "echo chamber" status

EddieLomax's picture

Its these complete generalizations that really piss me off.

Like the German engineering myth, worked with a few and they were decent engineers, but the company I worked with at the time used its UK office for the most advanced designs and had the Guinness book of records for the largest ASIC design at one point.

So point to me just how great the various government owned companies are in France, if you took away the useless areas of the UK (Birmingham, Coventry, Luton, Bradford and a few others) you would find the productivity goes way up.  Good business is where you find it, and if you rely on sweeping generalizations to guide your decisions you'll be sorely disappointed with the results.

Its this multiculturalism, Germany has imported in a million unemployables, just watch and wait and HEY PRESTO, would you believe it?  Their "productivity" has dropped, must be laziness...

Ghost of Porky's picture

Nope. Both EM and OECD list France below the US for 2016.



Analyse2's picture


Nevertheless, the proportion of the population that works is greater than in America.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Wrong again. French LPR = 56%, US LPR = 63%.

11b40's picture

I was in Paris in 1966, a time when DeGaulle was poking the US, Britian, and NATO with a sharp stick.  He was very much a French Nationalist, and the anti-American sentiment over Vietnam, NATO, and the American Dollar was about to boil over.  Everywhere there was Yankee Go Home that is what I did.  Was supposed to be in Paris for a week, but left after 3 days and spent the rest of the week in the countryside, where things were much more pleasant.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Holy shit am I tired of seeing an entire nation, an entire race of peoples, becoming immobile land-based whales.

Paul Morphy's picture

Yeah, it's rather disconcerting when you realise that what is accepted as "normal" today would not have been tolerated even as recently as 20 years ago.

Soemthing is going to break that cannot be contained and when it does, only then will people realise far too late.

Paul Morphy's picture

I don't know if ISIS did apologise to the IDF : nothing would surprise me anymore and that's how cynical I've become. A sense of selfishness has started to permeate where before I would have felt sorry for refugees, these days I'm wondering is it them or us who are refugees now, because the amount of foreign people here is overwhelming.

Help your neighbour is fast becoming who ismyneighbour and by helping him am I setting the seed of my own destruction?

The stampede to the life rafts is probably ongoing, it's just that either we can't see it or we are struck dumb as it happens.

Everything is becoming that bit more volatile in recent years. As the drum gets wound tighter and tighter the slightest impact seems to resonate lounder and more extremely than before.

medium giraffe's picture

This VR needs an urgent patch update, it's borked.

NoDebt's picture

"Does anyone else have this feeling?"

If you read the "Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy" you would already know that's just normal paranoia.  Everybody in the universe feels that way.


DRTexas's picture

Only those of you who have not discovered 42.  I'm fine.

Creepy Lurker's picture

"How fucking far down the rabbit hole are we really going to go before something finally breaks?"

I don't know, Haus, but I'm in the sticks in the US and I feel it too. No knowing how much time there is, but I get the definite feeling we've passed some sort of milestone.

Having a good thought for you and yours. I would likely be having an anxiety caused stroke if I lived in Europe.

Troy Ounce's picture


Let me guess what people around you say:

"You are soooo negative!"


Haus-Targaryen's picture


"Haus, its a beautiful day outside, the birds are chirping, the weather is nice, you have a beautiful wife, a kid on the way, what more could you want in life?"


::mumbles something about fractional reserve bankings and ponzi scheme::  

cossack55's picture

Oh, oh. You are starting to sound like the Mogumbo Guru

Troy Ounce's picture



Sometimes I watch a great video which makes more or less sense of the current madness. 


Ghordius's picture

Haus, since this is an article about France, one of their points of view on this

- remember those warships collecting gold, until Nixon sent them away? that was 1971

- remember... Freedom Fries?

- remember when recently the US and UK were asking France, Italy and Germany to poke the Bear once again?

of course, you are young and American, so you would not remember how much hate there is between the French House of Rothschild and Soros, for example

and it would be also useless to try to extract from you recollections about how the Banque of France and the Bank of England engaged on rivalries, and how the BoE used the NY-FED to hit on the BoF and the Franc

what you are lacking is perspective, in those matters. human reality is made out of perspectives, and their interactions

Whatchamacallit's picture

Please elaborate on "the hatred there is between the French House of Rothschild and Soros". My curiosity is piqued.

11b40's picture

I second that request.  I am not young, and I recall all of what he wrote, and more, but the part about Rothschilds and Soros hatred is new to me.

silverserfer's picture

Funny, I always thought Soros was like some sort of Rothschild front man doing their bidding. 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I think Ghordius has just never heard of a pincer movement before.  Or he is not familiar with Vladimir Lenin quotes: "The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves."

There is no such thing as the 'French' House of Rothschild.  They are the original globalists, for fucks sake!  International in scope, completely devoid of national loyalties of any kind!  International bankers, hello!

Ghordius's picture

of course there is a French House of Rothschild, one of the five Houses of Rothschild

Amsel was in Frankfurt. He sent his five sons to: London, Paris, Vienna, Naples and kept one in Frankfurt

all five sons become ennobled, establishing Noble Houses

hey, it's an established historic fact that even conspiracy theories do not doubt

meanwhile, your sloppy conspiracy theories completely forget that none of those Houses managed to establish themselves in New York, and there comes.... Rockefeller in play

metachron's picture

I feel this way every day and I share this with only a few others, as I teach in university and it I can only freak my students out by so much at a time. They need what we call "hope" because they feel this worse than we do (I assume you're older than 29). And I live in Toronto, where people are quite complacent. For now.

cossack55's picture

Whenever that mood approaches I just start filling highcap mags and cleaning their recepticles.  it calms me down

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Same here. My theory is that it is about the ancient trait of survival by inteligence driven trough inferring and processing in an unconstient way signals that rationally, surrounding reality becomes increasingly dangerous to be a proper for you and your herd members enclave. Because it is an ancient survival trait it doesn't take place at the conscious levels of the self. When going out of control it is the cause for pathological paranoia, observe that the fakey called 'conspiracy theory' was introduced at the same time with the crucial advancements in neurology, psychiatry and psychology which allowed us to start understanding how the brain works.

BarkingCat's picture


Does anyone else have this feeling?

How fucking far down the rabbit hole are we really going to go before something finally breaks?



I hope that if something finally breaks, it does so while I am still physically able to do something to mitigate it, at last partially. 

..or it happens after I am already rotting in the ground.

Metastatic Debt's picture

Many are suffering from Blue Pill Tachyphylaxis. It has affected the collective world consciousness.

The prog/dems/commies/left keep picking at their wounds and will not accept an election loss graceously. They are to blame for this malaise and for the coverage the MSM keeps promoting of:

  • Resistance - BAMN
  • Blood in streets - Antifa
  • Ex-bureaucrats and politicial calling for insurecction, violence, resistance
    • Nothing being done about these calls from established law agencies

Stop ignoring these feelings. They gnaw at us because we know something is horribly amiss.

Go full Red Pill.

"It doesn't mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time, I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don't call it violence when it's self-defense, I call it intelligence."


FYI - even a broken clock is right 2 times a day.