France rises up against the new fascism

Despite the vast levels of militarised repression used against the Yellow Vests, not to speak of the relentless propaganda in the mass media, the movement never abandoned the struggle. Only the “emergency” of the Covid crisis pushed it, more or less, off the streets. The spirit of revolt has not been very much in evidence in France since March 2020, with the population divided and fearful, as elsewhere. But now, with the announcement that vaccine passports will be required for cafés, restaurants, leisure centres, shopping malls and trains, something seems to have snapped.

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“The people have woken up – at last!” declared local Gilet Jaune rebel Michelle as she watched the vast crowds assembling on the main square of Montpellier in southern France.

She has been involved with the Yellow Vest movement since the very start of the popular revolt against the Macron regime in November 2018.

Two years ago, in April 2019, another Gilet Jaune told me on the same spot, the Place de la Comédie, that France was witnessing “a turning point in history”.

Despite the vast levels of militarised repression used against the Yellow Vests, not to speak of the relentless propaganda in the mass media, the movement never abandoned the struggle.

Only the “emergency” of the Covid crisis pushed it, more or less, off the streets.

The spirit of revolt has not been very much in evidence in France since March 2020, with the population divided and fearful, as…

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2 thoughts on “France rises up against the new fascism

  1. They are not rising up against Fascism. They are rising up against Marxist Globalism. Fascism gets the blame by a compromised media while Communism the real enemy, gets a pass. Globalism is not Fascist, it is Communist.

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  2. I think it depends on who is doing the defining, papasha. In my view, both fascism and communism are types of totalitarianism and I think both need to be opposed. There’s an interesting sentence in the original article: “The crowd represented a very wide cross-section of the local population. The Gilets Jaunes had already started this process of breaking down the old “left” and “right” political divisions in favour of a broad popular struggle against the power elite.”

    I think that’s the important point – what we need now is a broad popular struggle against the power elite, no matter how you decide to label them. I think the powers are just trying to confuse us with all these labels.

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