Pro­tester wants prez’s ‘scalp’

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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.

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