Yellow vest protesters target Macron’s vacation hideaway
Friday - 28/12/2018 19:47
Yellow vests have attempted to invade French president Emmanuel Macron’s vacation retreat as a new scandal breaks around his former security aide.
If French president Emmanuel Macron is hoping for some holiday respite from the anti-government protests which have rocked France, he might want to avoid the presidential retreat along the Mediterranean coast.
Around 40 “yellow vest” demonstrators on Thursday tried to storm the medieval fort of Bregancon that serves as Mr Macron’s summer retreat before being turned back by police, the mayor of nearby Bormes-les-Mimosas, Francois Arizzi, told AFP on Friday.
“It’s madness. For people who want more democracy, they should start by respecting other people’s property,” Mr Arizzi said.
Many of the protesters had tried to infiltrate the fort by crossing private land and someindicated they would try again on Friday.
The yellow vest movement has morphed from anger over fuel taxes to a broad rebuke of Mr Macron, whom critics accuse of neglecting the rising costs of living for many in rural and small-town France.