Listen: Paris, Emmanuel Macron And France discussed on The Indicator from Planet Money
"It. The news this week has been filled with images from the protests in Paris that happened over the weekend. The so-called yellow vest. Protesters in France have vowed to keep fighting the government they won't say that fuel prices are getting you high described the violence in Paris on Saturday buildings burnt cars feeding smashed shops in Newton some of the worst violence seen since nineteen sixty eight. The protesters known as the yellow vests were reacting to a bunch of economic reforms that president Emmanuel Macron has put in place including a plan tax increase on gasoline. This is the indicator from planet money. I'm Stacey Vanik Smith at I'm Cardiff Garcia trans show. We look at Macron's economic reforms for France, why they got people so upset and how the yellow vest movement has a lot of parallels with things going on in the US. I know that you have lots of friends and family in France. Have you? You spoken with them about it. What are they saying about what's going on that Hari fight? The Hari fight. Nobody thought it will be bad. This message comes from NPR sponsor male champ. Male champ does so much more than Email. They've outgrown their name with automating ad campaigns and audience management male Champa can help your business outgrow its name to not just male male champ. Support also comes from Amazon web services. How are we streaming millions of movies on demand Amazon web services as how it's the cloud leading enterprises. Trust to build big ideas. More at AWS, how dot com slash podcast. When you see photos and videos of the rioting in Paris, you see people waving these enormous French flags some of them wearing face masks and a lot of them. Most of them wearing these day glo yellow vests with reflective tape around the middle Bernard selling is in a communist at Columbia University. And he was born in Paris. He says the yellow vests are actually really practical uniform for this particular movement and thing about these g Letsion yellow vests is that everyone has a yellow vest in their car. It's compulsory is by law. Everyone has to have one of these fluorescent vast in case they have to stop on the side of the road. So they can be visible. Oh, if you have to like, stop and change your tire exactly in addition to being practical because almost everyone has a yellow vest. Bernard says the yellow vest represent one of the annoying rules. That drivers have to follow in France Macron"