Protester wants prez’s ‘scalp’
This Paris taxi driver says he wants Emmanuel Macron’s scalp.
And Saturday, he and his friends plan to go get it.
“We’re going out there to fight,” he said from behind the wheel of his brand-new French taxi in an unprompted half-hour monologue. “I want Macron’s scalp, I’m not afraid of anything. I have nothing to lose. You have to risk your life or you don’t get anything from these people.”
As French authorities brace for a new day of revolt Saturday, there’s tension in the air.
The protests initiated by the grassroots Yellow Vests movement against a fueltax hike have morphed into something a lot more intense with other sections of the population — students, farmers, truck drivers and any angry person — all joining in.
The discontent has found a focal point in Macron and his efforts to reform France.
“It’s a battle being fought between Macron and public opinion,” said Bernard Sananes, head of the Paris-based pollster Elabe.
In a survey Thursday showing Macron’s popularity tumbling to a record low, those polled said “he doesn’t listen to the people, doesn’t know the people, doesn’t understand them,” Sananes said in an interview in Les Echos.
The government plans to use “exceptional measures” in addition to the 65,000 police deployed across the country to deal with any protests, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday.