December 11, 2018  |  Updated February 13, 2019

Russia Deflects Blame for France’s Yellow Vests

By William Echols
French far-right activists Xavier Moreau (left) and Fabrice Sorlin holding the flag of "DNR" during protests of "yellow vests" in Paris.

On Sunday, December 9, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France’s RTL radio that security services would investigate if the Kremlin had played a part in driving the so-called Yellow Jacket protests online. The protests were sparked by a proposed fuel price increase but have snowballed into a wide-ranging attack on the government and policies of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Reacting to the protests, on Monday, December 10, Marcon said his government would “respond to the economic and social urgency with strong measures,” which includes tax cuts and spending control, but not a reintroduction of the wealth tax.

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