American Thinker: French history is one of revolution, sometimes bloody, but always accompanied by cultural and political upheaval. France is a far more revolutionary country than the U.S., although that may be due more to the political stability of the two-party system in America. There have been five different “republics” in France since 1790 as the French have tinkered with how their governments work. Will we see a sixth?
Once again, France appears to be roiled by revolution. The yellow vest protests that have been going on since November are only the outward manifestation of an inward convulsion. But the cause is an old one: equality.
Far more than the U.S., French society is stratified and riven by class struggles. Today, those elites have gotten so out of touch with ordinary Frenchmen that many have taken to the streets. How far will this revolution go?
The failure of Macron’s bid to restore faith in politicians in France could have repercussions in a country where anti-establishment far-right and far-left parties have never been so popular.
Research published last week by the Cevipof political institute at Sciences Po university found more than two thirds of the French people still had overwhelmingly negative views of politicians.
When asked to sum up their feelings towards them, 37 percent said they felt “distrust”, 32 percent “disgust”, eight percent “boredom” and four percent “fear”. MORE