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Macron’s arrogance won him the presidency. The same arrogance will be his demise

He didn’t listen to advice after the election any more than he did before it. Now, French unrest has spread from fuel tax anger into something much bigger

By Pauline Bock  

Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) protest against rising oil prices and living costs on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Photo: PA

After French protesters in gilets jaunes, or “yellow vests,” blocked roads around the country for the third week in a row and riots turned violent on Paris’ Champs-Elysées at the weekend, Emmanuel Macron took a rare decision. He would not say a word.

Back from the G20 in Argentina, the French president walked the streets of Paris that had been vandalised the previous day, visiting the Arc de Triomphe where…

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