The protests in France are a combination of real domestic social discontent and artificial external influence, the leader of the Essence of Time movement, political scientist Sergey Kurginyan said on the air of the Time Will Show TV program on the Russia One channel.
Answering the host’s question regarding whether the “yellow vests’” strike in France could be interpreted as a riot of the proletariat driven to ultimate poverty and despair, the political scientist said that the situation was more complex.
A protest of that scale never arises without a reason; any system has so-called natural oscillations. When an external driving force is applied at this natural frequency, the process can become quite different. What is important here is to understand who is applying this external force, and to what end, the political scientist explained.
“There is always a combination of these intrinsic processes in a society and the forces that see it and drive it in the direction they need. This is the invariable essence of politics,” the leader of the Essence of Time believes.
France is an important part of Europe; therefore, there will always be actors who want to benefit from the protests, Kurginyan believes. “Paris is well worth a mass,” he cited the known statement of Henry IV of Navarre, the founder of the Bourbon dynasty.
Grass-roots protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet’s economic policy have been taking place in France for the past three weeks. The protests are supported by trade unions and a number of political parties. These are the largest-scale disorders in France since 1968. The gas and diesel fuel prices have risen by 15-20% since the beginning of the year. Now the protesters demand Macron’s resignation.
Disorders among Sorbonne students that started in May and June of 1968 resulted in President of France General Charles de Gaulle’s resignation the following year. In order to find out the level of support he had among French people, he put to a referendum a bill on a new regional division of France. The French people voted against it, and Charles de Gaulle left his post. Georges Pompidou became the new president of France.
According to the most popular version of the 1968 events, the students’ disorders were incited by the USA in order to punish de Gaulle for demanding paper dollars to be exchanged for gold by the Federal Reserve.
In 1971, US President Nixon officially abandoned “the gold standard” when dollar was backed by physical gold.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency