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"Yellow Vests": Philippe wants to keep his "cap" despite a mobilization that continues

& # 39; Yellow vests & # 39; in front of the prefecture of Puy-de-Velay on November 17, 2018 / AFP

"Yellow vests" in front of the town hall of Puy-de-Velay November 17, 2018 / AFP

In the wake of the "yellow vests" mobilization, Édouard Philippe said on Sunday he had heard "anger" and "suffering", but he wanted to keep the "cap" while the blockades and dams continued in several regions and may persist. Monday.

"A government that changed its footing permanently, zigzagging according to the difficulties, … would not lead France to where it should be conducted," said the head of government, invited the 20H newspaper to France 2.

The prime minister has once again expressed the commitments made by Emmanuel Macron to lower taxes and pay a better job, further taxing the pollution.

"The course we set, is good and we will hold it," he said, making sure to have heard "anger", "suffering", "lack of prospects", "feeling of relegation and maybe even abandonment" about of 290,000 people who demonstrated on Saturday against increases in fuel taxes.

On Sunday, the mobilization was minor, but many dams or blockades were reported at roundabouts or highways, such as Montelimar, Chalon-sur-Saône, Caen, Le Mans and elsewhere in the west, New Aquitaine or Vaucluse or the Var.

At night, a hundred "yellow vests" blocked access to the Vern-sur-Seiche oil depot, near Rennes, according to Western France, preventing trucks.

Across France, protesters were about 46,000 on Sunday, according to a police source, of 290,000 with a yellow vest on the back the day before.

The Interior Ministry did not release figures on the number of protesters on Sunday. About 150 sites, protesters had called for renewal of the movement, according to the ministry.

In Caen, police officers intervened in the afternoon to disperse a thousand "yellow vests" in an interchange south of the city.

In several places, the "yellow vests" indicated that they would continue the movement on Monday, as in Brioude (Haute-Loire) or in Morbihan. At Le Mans, a union with truckers and farmers to prevent access to the A28 is announced.

On Saturday, demonstrators blocked roads, roundabouts, hypermarkets or organized toll operations. "Yellow vests" were also near Elisha, where police used tear gas.

& # 39; Yellow Vests & # 39 ;: the report of November 17 / AFP

"Yellow Vests": the report of November 17 / AFP

The death toll is heavy, with one dead, a 63-year-old protester hit by a driver in a panic, and more than 400 injured – including 14 seriously including the police – and numerous injuries. 282 people were arrested.

"Freedom of manifestation is not anarchy," said Philippe Philippe overflows.

On Sunday, a protester was seriously injured near Saint-Quentin (Aisne) when a driver forced a roadblock.

If the "yellow jackets" failed to paralyze France, the entire territory was affected over the weekend by its actions, organized outside the parties and unions.

On Saturday, Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe left Christophe Castaner ahead. The head of state, visiting Germany on Sunday, November 18 is a day of commemoration for the victims of the war, did not speak because of the "duty of decency," according to the Elysee.

– "They did not understand" –

Protesters in Saint-Herblain near Nantes on November 18, 2018 / AFP

Protesters in Saint-Herblain near Nantes on November 18, 2018 / AFP

The head of state "has already spoken and will speak again", "he knows when there is urgency and will," said Cohesion Territories Minister Jacqueline Gourault.

François de Rugy or Gérald Darmanin were sent to the media to defend the need to lead the green transition, despite a "budget cut" recognized by the Budget Minister.

According to a survey published by the Journal du Dimanche, 62% of the French believe that "purchasing power should be given priority, even if it is to move the energy transition less quickly" in the coming years.

Rally chairman Marine Le Pen, who did not demonstrate on Saturday, praised "a great success" for the mobilization and urged the government to "make quick decisions" to "bring back peace." .

"What matters now is what the President of the Republic will hear and understand, and the feeling I have is that they do not understand," said Republican chief Laurent Wauquiez. Sunday afternoon "We need an initiative on taxation," according to François Baroin, president (LR) of the Association of Mayors of France.

From the far right to the far left, some elected officials, sometimes dressed in yellow vests, were on Saturday with demonstrators, including Mr Wauquiez Puy-en-Velay and France's leader Insoumise Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the Concorde.

On the trade union front, CFDT chief Laurent Berger called Emmanuel Macron "to rally very quickly" unions, employers and associations "to build a social pact for ecological conversion."

An idea politely dismissed Sunday by Edward Philippe: "I do not believe that what yellow jackets + is a great conference with politicians and union leaders.


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