"State of insurrection" as fuel tax riots engulf central Paris
Rioters ran amok across central Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, looting shops, smashing windows and clashing with police in the worst unrest in more than a decade, posing a dire challenge to Emmanuel Macronâ€™s presidency.
The authorities were caught off guard by the escalation in violence after two weeks of nationwide protests against fuel taxes and living costs, known as the â€śyellow vestâ€ť movement after fluorescent jackets kept in all vehicles in France.
Authorities said violent far-right and far-left groups had infiltrated the yellow vests movement. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said most of those arrested were regular protesters who had been egged on by the fringe groups.
The protests began as a backlash against Macronâ€™s fuel tax hikes, but have tapped into a vein of deep dissatisfaction felt towards the 40-year-oldâ€™s economic reforms, which many voters feel favor...
A mistake - it was Louis XIV, the absolute monarch, the so called â€śSun Kingâ€ť, who expelled the French Huguenots, and it was Louis XVI, his most unfortunate grandson, who with his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette, and his son and heir, the Dauphin it Ceown Prince, only a boy, who were despised and executed by the French Revolutionaries some 100 years later.
France has been an evangelical desert ever since Louis XVI threw out the Reformed Protestant Huguenots at the end of the 17th century. They were the most productive and industrious citizens of France, and the their loss, and the resultant spiritual climate led eventually to the radical leftist atheistical French Revolution that overthrew the monarchy and brought in the Republic 100 years later.
Though temporarily defeated by first Emperor Napoleon, and then the European powers on Napoleonâ€™s defeat in 1815, even leading to the temporary reestablishment of the Bourbon monarchy, the secular mindset and atheistical militant spirit never left France after that.
The secularist Republic was later reestablished and France has since with its old enemy Germany become the heart of the globalist leftist EU and it is at the centre of the economic eurozone.
Whole towns and cities in France do not have any functioning truly evagelical church, and most evangelical assemblies are struggling, and either home based or meeting in hired halls, though even that is difficult.