‘Yellow vests’ cost France dearly

Mediation attempts suffer a blow

10 January 2019 | Arbeid
European media has reported that the anti-government "yellow vest" protests will affect the French job market and risk the income of up to 100 000 workers, while quoting the country’s labour minister Muriel Penicaud’s warning on Tuesday.

"It's about 10 000 employees that are under the threat (to lose their jobs) per week," Penicaud told France's CNews television. "There are already 58 000 workers who are threatened to be laid off. If we continue like this, it would be 80 000, it would be 100 000," she added.

Penicaud said the government has already allocated 32 million euros (about US$36.6 million) to help pay "those who cannot go to work because of the violence".

"We are quite concerned about that because it is not a short-term problem. There are some unemployment risks due to the violence, which is unacceptable," she stressed.

Since November 2018, people who are angry at the high fuel tax and unfair economic reforms have blocked roads, occupied highway toll booths and staged nationwide protests. Past Saturdays have been marked by violent demonstrations in which protestors burned vehicles and barricades, and clashed with police in cities across France. Paris, the country's top tourist destination, has been put on lockdown over weekends, forcing shops and restaurants to shut down amid riot fears.

Statistics from the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) show the "yellow vest" movement will take a toll on the French domestic economy, forecasting slower growth of 1.5% for 2018, down by 2% points from a previous estimate. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced plans on Monday for tough new laws to deal with the "yellow vest" protests that have caused turmoil in Paris.

Meanwhile Reuters reports that the official appointed by the French government to lead a national debate over the grievances raised by “yellow vest” protesters quit on Tuesday following a controversy over her salary. Former sports minister Chantal Jouanno said she could not guarantee conditions for a calm debate as she had become a focus of attention after a news magazine revealed she was paid 14 700 euros (US$16 800) per month to head France's National Commission for Public Debate. The commission is a consultative body on environmental issues.

The “yellow vests” debate is due to be launched next week, giving President Emmanuel Macron little time to appoint a successor. The debate, whose precise mechanisms remain unclear, is one of the key proposals he made last month in response to the wave of violent protests that has spread across the country.

Driving the unrest is anger, particularly among low-paid workers, over a squeeze on household incomes and a perception that Macron is indifferent to ordinary citizens' needs as he enacts reforms seen as pro-business and favouring the wealthy. In reaction to Jouanno's withdrawal, the government will propose "a way of steering the... debate that will... preserve (its) guarantees of independence and neutrality," an official at the prime minister's office said. - Nampa/Reuters

Soortgelyk

 

Afrika-lied kom tuis in Namib

19 ure gelede | Kuns en vermaak

Elvira Hattingh - Die Duits-Namibiese kunstenaar Max Siedentopf het wêreldwyd opslae gemaak met ‘n kunsinstallasie in die Namib wat Toto se bekende liedjie “Africa” oor...

CoW verloor ronde teen baas

19 ure gelede | Regering

Denver Kisting - Die geskorste uitvoerende hoof van die Windhoekse stadsraad (CoW), mnr. Robert Kahimise, het 'n ronde teen sy werkgewer gewen.CoW sal waarskynlik binne...

Sowat 7 000 skeepspassasiers sak op Walvis toe

19 ure gelede | Toerisme

Geskiedenis is gister gemaak toe vier groot passasierskepe in die Walvisbaai-hawe op anker gelê het en sowat 7 000 internasionale reisigers op die hawedorp toegesak...

Herstel internet, toegang tot sosiale media in Zim

19 ure gelede | Plaaslik

Ronelle Rademeyer - Om mense in Zimbabwe die gebruik van internetdienste te ontneem, is ‘n skending van hul menseregte en benadeel die ekonomie.“Ons raam die...

Weer vir 17 Januarie 2019

19 ure gelede | Weer

BINNELAND: Sonnig en bloedig warm in die ||Kharasstreek. Elders sal dit gedeeltelik bewolk en baie tot bloedig warm wees met enkele donderbuie oor die sentrale,...

Jong Namibiër maak biomediese deurbrake

19 ure gelede | Gesondheid

Denver Kisting - Sy twee jonger sibbe se worsteling as kinders met asma het ’n jong Namibiese ingenieur aangespoor om ’n toestel te ontwerp wat...

Lui-lui telefoon

19 ure gelede | Tegnologie

Telecom Namibia se landlyne in Windhoek was sedert Dinsdag buite werking. Mnr. Oiva Angula, Telecom Namibia se hoof van korporatiewe kommunikaise en openbare skakelwese, het...

Gedenkdiens gehou vir slagoffers van ongeluk

19 ure gelede | Plaaslik

’n Gedenkdiens vir ses van die sewe slagoffers wat onherkenbaar verbrand is tydens die ongeluk op 10 Augustus 2018, is Dinsdag op Otjiwarongo gehou. Die...

Meer as N$2 miljoen se stukkende verkeersligte

19 ure gelede | Regering

Die hoofstad se munisipaliteit het in 2018 meer as N$2 miljoen bestee om stukkende verkeersligte te herstel nadat dit in padongelukke beskadig is.Mnr. Harold Akwenye,...