French President Emmanuel Macron called Yellow Vest leaders ‘hateful’ in his televised New Year’s speech.
Macron promised that his reform agenda would continue despite the ‘hateful’ Yellow Vests continued protests against him and his government.
Marine Le Pen, who has strongly overtaken Macron in voter polls, hitted back at ‘pyromaniac’ Macron on Twitter.
Le Pen was unimpressed by his un-appeasing attitude toward those protesting his reforms agenda, calling him an “imposter” and a “pyromaniac” on Twitter.
Her party, the French National Rally Party, on Facebook replied in depth. “At a moment when the nation is in need of conciliation, of a sublime and fraternal vision, of a president who is once again presidential, that is to say, an arbitrator, the French listened during this new year’s address to the speech of a clan chief, an ideologue of globalisation and an impudent professor of morality”.
With his popularity following the trajectory of a lead balloon, Macron’s choosing such an adjective as “hateful” was obviously met with criticism from the protesters. One protester spoke to Agence France-Presse (AFP) describing Macron’s speech as “rekindling the fire” of the protests.
The protester, Mark, saying that it was a sign “that he would not do anything more to help us”. Another protester, Fabien, lamented that “it seems that [Macron] himself still does not understand that he is moving toward dictatorship”.
Jean-Luc Melenchon who leads the leftist Unsubmissive France party bemoaned that the president and his “preachy tone” is detached from the people: “We don’t know why, but everything he says falls flat. And when we do understand, we would prefer not to have heard it”.
It seems that only members of Macron’s government and his En Marche! Party sympathised with his address.
Christophe Castaner, Interior Minister, tweeted, “Instead of resignation, he has chosen hope. With Emmanuel Macron – to work!”
Whilst En Marche! MP Stanislas Guerini cheered, “During the speech, I saw a president who stands his ground, who believes in our country, for the way it is, with its strengths and weaknesses”.
The protests continue.
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