Here’s a bit more about the bonnets rouges, who held a big
anti-tax demonstration across France
Philippe Euzen has a backgrounder at Le
Monde — “Ces patrons à l'origine des ‘bonnets rouges’”
(the bosses behind the bonnets rouges) — in which he describes how business
and entrepreneurial groups with a deregulation/low-tax agenda united with
leftish Breton nationalists and decentralization activists to gel this
Another backgrounder at France Info looks at
an odd variety of angry birds
in the French political scene: activist coalitions with names like
“Pigeons,” “Chicks,” “Turkeys,” “Dodos,” and “Storks” that are fighting
for a variety of causes. Some are trying to crack open an over-regulated
and cartelized economy and enable more small-scale entrepreneurialism by
overturning laws banning innovations like
Lyft — and this is
causing the establishment unions, who are invested in the status quo, to
turn their backs on the movement.
In the report, the prefects said that roadside cameras installed across
France to monitor traffic for the new tax had become symbols of fiscal
oppression, and demanded that they be “removed before they are all
The government has tried to defuse the protest by “suspending” the new
“ecotax” which was origially supposed to go into effect
. It is now scheduled for
at the earliest.
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