December 4, 2018 | Chris White
The frustrations underlying the protests in France are understandable, but the violence is not. Pray for peace in France and in the United States, where we are also experiencing division over governmental policies.
[T]he Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Num 6:26)
The mass movement against French President Emmanuel Macron’s move to increase gas taxes was started by one person who wanted to hold the government accountable for making life tough on every day citizens.
France’s steep taxes on diesel fuel and other forms of carbon is making life miserable for those who rely on vehicles for work, according to Priscillia Ludosky, a French citizen who lives in the country’s rural areas. She is also responsible for starting an online petition in May protesting gas taxes.
The petition garnered more than 800,000 signatures between the months of May and November. Ludosky’s decision to act likely stemmed from the nearly $170 per month she is forced to spend on fuel to travel into Paris for business. . . .
Protesters associated with the so-called Yellow Vest movement – which is made up of left-wing and right-wing populist elements – have effectively turned the country upside down. Paris police say at least 110 people, including 20 police officers, were injured in violent protests over the last two weeks. . . .
Ludosky wants the French government to listen to her and take a different approach to tackling climate change. “Too often the government forgets that it works for citizens,” she told a local French media outlet in November. (Excerpted from The Daily Caller, reporting by Chris White.)