2019/01/28: it became fashionable to pronounce that Macron, as a political phenomenon, was finished. Yet for all their airs of certainty, the hot takes failed to take into account a few crucial intangibles of French political life.
The first was that despite the outrage being directed against him, Macron faces next to zero chance of being forced out of office before his term ends in 2022. The second was that the Yellow Jacket movement — which has no identifiable leader, organizational structure or unified agenda — could just as easily turn into a liability for Macron's opponents. And the president, paradoxically, could turn out to be the big winner.
The Yellow Jackets were supposed to have killed off Emmanuel Macron, but they could end up making him stronger.
Automobile exhaust is an important contributor to air pollution, but this fuel tax inordinately hits people of moderate to low income who are already using as little gas as possible, cannot afford to live closer to where they need to go or buy a new, fuel-efficient car. Curbing industrial emissions through technology or degrowth, improvement in mass transit, urban planning and policies aimed at gentrification and investment real estate are alternatives.