'Elected by default, Macron's administration was supposed to be a new broom to break the mold and change what previous administrations had not dared to, but now we see how fragile political system is, professor John Laughland said.
Students are back out on the streets of France protesting against the government's education reforms, forcing over 150 schools to close, with some demonstrations turning violent in a number of cities. This comes as the French government scraps a fuel tax hike after weeks of mass protests against the issue.
Meanwhile, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux warned about provocateurs saying that "radicalized elements try to exploit the movement" in order to "overthrow the authorities."
RT discussed the current crisis in France with John Laughland, a professor of political science at the Catholic University of the Vendée.
RT: Was the French government climb-down on the fuel tax an admission that it is wrong or was it an act of panic just to stop further mass rallies on the streets?
John Laughland: I think it is out of panic. I think you are dealing here with a very fragile situation – a situation of insurrection and possibly a revolution. Because although the demonstrations have taken everyone by surprise and the emergence of this movement was completely unexpected, the fact is there is a lot of background to this. There has been a lot of discontent in France for many years and probably for decades. The people in power now in France know that their support base is very thin. We must never forget that Macron was elected on a very low turnout. In the first round of the election he got a very low score, much lower even than his unpopular predecessors. And that he was elected firstly by default because he was standing against Marine Le Pen who was demonized but also he was elected because he had managed to conjure a new political party out of thin air and he was elected on the basis of a collapse of confidence in the traditional center-right and center-left parties both of which lost the election very badly. He was elected in other words by default. He was elected because the French population, a large part of it had lost confidence in the whole political class. And that is the key to Macron's victory and he probably knows that. And now that these demonstrations have started, I think that we may see how fragile a political system is in this country. And certainly the president-incumbent.'
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