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Macron tries to calm tensions over retirement changes

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"Tensions"

The pictures indicate that that it's a little bit more than "tensions"

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The only reason France was ever able to become a high-income nation is because of US loans and political support during the 70s and 80s. Thanks to the US support, they had a long period of economic growth, which ended in the early 2000s. Now that all the support and loans are gone, the French are gradually going back to their nature of being a centrally planned socialist society. Macaron is a political prostitute who will sell his own mother to stay in power. Some of his advisors are pushing for free market reforms, but the communist populace won't allow it, and Macaron will do anything to please them. I bet in the next presidential elections, either another extreme socialist will win, in which case France will become the next Italy, or a right-wing nationalist will win by blaming all their problems on the EU and immigrants. What a mess.

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In 2018, Russian protestors did the same thing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Russian_pension_protests

The 2018 Russian pension protests were a series of country-wide protests and demonstrations in the Russia demanding abandoning of the retirement age hike induced by recently announced by Russian State Duma law.

An intention to hike the national retirement age and the more so a final decision to launch the reform have drastically downed the rating of the president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev in Russia. For example, in July 2018, just 49% would vote for Putin if the presidential elections were held in that moment (while during the elections in March, he got 76,7%)

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