The French are ready to revolt.
Polling firm IFOP conducted a poll showing that 39 percent of the French believed that revolution is needed to bring about real change in the country.
According to Atlantico, this figure is much higher than anywhere else in Europe.
For example, only 20 percent of Germans were in favor of taking a revolutionary approach to bringing political change, whereas 14 percent of Austrians and Poles shared similar views.
IFOP’s consulting director David Nguyen addressed the poll’s results, saying, “The first thing to say is that this is an absolutely spectacular number. Four in ten consider that a revolution would be a good solution: even if we do not know exactly what they put behind this word, it is the mark of a radical presence very present in the society.”
“What allows us to say that this is an important rate is that this figure is much higher than in all the other European countries that we tested.”
The consulting director also raised an important point about how these numbers are indicative of broad support for the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement. Nguyen said, “The government can not, therefore, bet on a major shift in opinion towards yellow vests, simply because their social demands will always be legitimate for a whole section of the population.”
According to Nguyen, support for revolution cut across the political spectrum, with right wing populist party Rassemblement National (National Rally) and far left France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France) favoring revolutionary means for achieving political change.
Recent opinion polls also demonstrate that there exists broad support for the Yellow Vest Movement from both of the aforementioned parties.
Nguyen stated that feelings of political anger are much higher in France than other countries.
The polling expert explained:
“This is very worrying because these negative feelings are even more shared in France than in other European countries. In particular, the feeling of anger which is a priori the main engine of a revolutionary spirit.”
Senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center Veronique de Rugy argues that the French welfare state has been the main culprit behind these upheavals throughout France.
De Rugy observes that French citizens pay for their lavish government services through “oppressive and regressive taxes (i.e., taxes heaped on to the backs of the middle class and the poor).”
Now the effects of these regressive taxes are beginning to take their toll on the French working classes, which has led them to take to the streets.
With no real meaningful reforms coming from Emmanuel Macron’s administration, it appears that Yellow Vest protest movement is not going away anytime soon in France.
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