French Anti-Environmental Riots Could Signal the End of Green Tyranny

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on November 25, 2018 near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris shows broken barriers a day after a rally by yellow vest (Gilets jaunes) protestors against rising oil prices and living costs. - Security forces in Paris fired tear gas and …
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Hundreds of thousands of protestors all over France have beendemonstrating for the last eight days. Mostly the protests have been peaceful if disruptive, but some like the ones in Paris have turned violent.

The police have used tear gas and water cannon; there have been dozens of arrests and at least two deaths. But amid the misery and mayhem, there’s one small crumb of consolation: these protestors could be ringing the death knell for the green tyranny which has held the West in its thrall for the last four decades.

Unlike the rabble of UK eco-activists who’ve been irritating Londoners over the last couple of weekends (blocking traffic; gluing themselves to the doors of government buildings; trying to get arrested), the protestors in France think environmentalism is the problem, not the solution.

Material burns during a protest of the yellow vest (yellow vest) movement against rising oil prices and living costs as night falls, at The Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on November 24, 2018. / BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron had broken a new record becoming the most unpopular French president in history at this stage of his presidential term according to polls.

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