ER Editor: The 1st of May yesterday saw demonstrations across France. As expected, of course, but this is all being done amid maximum frustration against Macron, and the uselessness and corruption of the French government in general. We joined one, which was a civilized affair with its own security personnel. However, other Paris demonstrations were far different.
In the context of around 50 or so riot police charging people on one Paris street (shown in a couple of videos below), covered obsessively by the French MSM in the evening, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the crowd of police, setting one on fire (see featured image). While it’s not clear what happened to the cop, the MSM couldn’t stop talking about this, instead of why people were willing to go to such lengths in a protest march in the first place. Alas, RT France was shut down as of April 7; this site would have provided solid, in-depth video coverage of the various protests, especially in Paris.
The govt. is pitching the attendance number overall at under or around a million; one of the major unions, CGT, has put overall participation at 2.3 million. The latter figure is probably closer to the truth, such is the feeling in France currently. The first day of the Yellow Vests protests, November 17, 2018, had a 1.2 million attendance according to several police unions at the time (MSM said it was a mere 220 thousand nationwide).
RT (English) picked up the story —
Over 100 police officers injured during French Labor Day protests
We’re offering tweets and video clips to give a sense of the day. Two short videos are at the end.
Translation: In Paris, it is a historic and vengeful May Day which is announced. France said no
A Paris, c’est un 1er Mai historique et vengeur qui s’annonce.
La France a dit non ✊🔥
🎥@PeupleRevolte #ReformeDesRetraites pic.twitter.com/2ehVNQfzJj
— Marcel (@realmarcel1) May 1, 2023
Translation: Paris on May 1, 2023 Is this the France that our parents entrusted to us and the one we will entrust to our children? Enough of the madness of this government which uses and abuses all the tricks of the constitutional power (…) to destroy our country and its history, and annihilates…
Paris le 1 mai 2023
Est ce la France que nous ont confié nos parents et celle que nous confierons à nos enfants ?
Ça suffit les folies de ce gouvernement qui use et abuse de tous les artifices du pouvoir constitutionnel (…) pour détruire notre pays et son histoire, et annihile… pic.twitter.com/mHoj7mOyki
— Bertrand SCHOLLER (@55Bellechasse) May 1, 2023
Translation: In Grenoble too, this first of May was the one of all records. France said no.
A Grenoble aussi, ce premier mai était celui de tous les records.
La France a dit non.
🎥@villermet_b2 #1erMai #ReformeDesRetraites pic.twitter.com/8yLXdDyPgS
— Marcel (@realmarcel1) May 1, 2023
Translation: Record mobilization in Vannes, as everywhere in France. It is already an historic May Day
Mobilisation record à Vannes, comme partout en France.
C’est déjà un 1er Mai historique✊
— Marcel (@realmarcel1) May 1, 2023
Translation: 1 MAY 2023 Paris – FRANCE IMAGES TO REMEMBER
1 er MAI 2023
Paris – FRANCE
LES IMAGES À RETENIR pic.twitter.com/skrlfrmWWU
— 𝒮𝒶𝓇𝒶𝒽 (@SarahHRakM) May 2, 2023
Translation: To share massively … Here is the FRANCE OF MACRON PARIS – MAY 1, 2023 TERRIFYING How long it will last! The sequence where several CRS catch fire at the head of the Parisian procession. Many demonstrators are equipped with molotov cocktails.
À partager massivement …
Voici la FRANCE DE MACRON
PARIS – 1 er MAI 2023
Combien de temps cela va durer !
La séquence où plusieurs CRS prennent feu en tête de cortège parisien. De nombreux manifestants sont équipés de cocktails molotov. pic.twitter.com/LcLOhnEduw
— 𝒮𝒶𝓇𝒶𝒽 (@SarahHRakM) May 1, 2023
Translation: 1-We don’t turn the page! On Monday, May 1st, we will all be demonstrating for a popular and united tidal wave against the pension reform. Come with your pots and pans and other portable sound utensils! Map of the 300 demonstrations:
1-On ne tourne pas la page !
Lundi 1er Mai, toutes et tous en manifestation pour un raz-de-marée populaire et unitaire contre la réforme des retraites.
Venez avec vos casseroles et autres ustensiles sonores portatifs !
Carte des 300 manifestations : https://t.co/a5RPdfMrfi pic.twitter.com/H6eoOmyB62
— La France Libre (@ivarsigurdson) May 1, 2023
Translation: 782,000 demonstrators in France according to the Ministry of the Interior and🔴2.3 million according to the CGT❗️ This was the largest mobilization on a May Day since May 1, 2002 (in a very particular context, since we were a few days away from the Chirac-Le Pen second round).
🔵782 000 manifestants en France selon le ministère de l’Intérieur et🔴2,3 millions selon la CGT
❗️ Il s’agit de la plus forte mobilisation un 1er mai depuis le 1er mai 2002 (dans un contexte très particulier, puisqu’on était à quelques jours du second tour Chirac-Le Pen).
— Nicolas Berrod (@nicolasberrod) May 1, 2023
Huffington Post France (MSM), which shows the burned cop being dragged away —
Taken live during the afternoon —
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Yeah, I think the big realization for people (who are awake) is that we must do it ourselves.
The new situation this year is that the People no longer wait for the trade unions “heads” and organize themselves everywhere.
Strategie de la défaite de l’intersyndicale : après 13 journées d’actions espacées et au lendemain d’un 1er mai historique, les directions syndicales appellent a une nouvelle journée de mobilisation le 6 juin, dans cinq semaines #ReformeDesRetraites #1erMai #Manifestation1erMai