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Monday, January 07, 2019 

Yellow Vests continue the protests

Here's pictures from the latest demonstrations conducted by France's Yellow Vests movement against the Macron government, and the news also tells that the demonstrators want laws for citizen referendums enacted:
One of the key demands now being pushed by protesters after Macron bowed to pressure in December and gave in on the green taxes is the introduction of so-called Citizen Initiative Referendums, or ‘RIC’.

Under the plans called for by the marchers, any petition in France that gained 700,000 signatures would be legally required to be put to a binding national referendum, with politicians forced to honour the results. The votes could be used to create or change laws, amend the constitution, and even fire the President.

New polling this week revealed the French public overwhelmingly support the idea, which if implemented would have the impact of dramatically reducing the power of politicians and handing it to the people. Some 80 per cent of French are thought to support of the initiative, while 47 per cent believed the Macron government was going to ignore the public.
If they're smart, they won't ignore them at all. There's only so much they'd do well to fix in many divisions, and the government had better get started.

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