Looters rob Bordeaux Apple Store during ‘Yellow Vest’ protests in France

“The ‘yellow vest’ protests have been “a catastrophe” for the French economy, the finance minister says,” BBC News reports. “France has seen four consecutive weekends of demonstrations against fuel tax rises, high living costs and other issues.”

“President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce anti-crisis measures in an address to the nation on Monday,” The Beeb reports. “Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called the situation “a crisis” for both society and democracy. ‘It’s a catastrophe for business, it’s a catastrophe for our economy,’ he said during a visit to shops in Paris that had been damaged during the protests.”

“The capital was particularly badly hit, with windows smashed, cars burned, and shops looted, as 10,000 people took part in demonstrations,” The Beeb reports. “Le Parisien newspaper reported that in the capital about 50 vehicles had been burnt and dozens of businesses vandalised, with some of them looted. The authorities in the city say that riots have caused millions of pounds of damage.”

“The movement began as a protest against a rise in duties on diesel, which is widely used by French motorists and has long been less heavily taxed than other types of fuel. Diesel prices have risen by about 23% over the past 12 months – and Mr Macron’s decision to impose a tax increase of 6.5 cents on diesel and 2.9 cents on petrol from 1 January enraged protesters,” The Beeb reports. “The rallies became known as the ‘yellow vest’ or ‘gilets jaunes’ movement because protesters took to the streets wearing the high-visibility yellow jackets that are required to be carried in every vehicle by French law. The government has since agreed to scrap the fuel tax increase and has frozen electricity and gas prices for 2019.”

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“Videos shared on Twitter and YouTube over the weekend show looters gaining access to the Apple Sainte-Catherine store in Bordeaux, dressed in hoodies and other concealing clothing,” Malcolm Owen reports for AppleInsider. “The thieves grabbed iPhones, iPads, and other goods kept on the display tables before leaving the store and joining the rest of the crowd outside.”

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“The cause of their ire is a scheduled 25 cents-per-gallon increase in gas taxes, and about 10 cents on diesel, to fight climate change,” Chuck DeVore writes for Forbes. “French President Macron, deeply unpopular, just reversed course on the new green tax—Parisians are already paying about $7.06 per gallon for gasoline, almost half of that in taxes.”

“If Paris streets burned over a proposed 25 cents per gallon climate change tax, imagine the global conflagration over a $49 per gallon tax,” DeVore writes. “That’s what a United Nations special climate report calls for in 12 years, with a carbon tax of $5,500 per ton—equal to $49 per gallon of gasoline or diesel. That’s about 100 times today’s average state and federal motor fuels tax.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, calmer heads will soon prevail.


      1. No Sarah, it isn’t. Ivar Giaever’s (a brilliant physicist who knowledge of climate science is on a par with Trump’s) position has been debunked more times than Trump’s claims to be honest. Giaever has zero experience in anything climate related. None of his arguments, which BTW are a decade old, were supported by validated research. Giaever took a position based on his interpretation of a limited set of data and graphs from 2008 he reviewed. The more he is put in his place the louder he yells and the more people taking your position point to his Nobel credential in physics. Perhaps you would take the advice of a podiatrist if you had been advised to undergo heart transplant surgery. I would consult a cardio thoracic surgeon and closely related specialists. The fact your podiatrist is world renown for removing corns, bunions and curing athlete’s foot fungus may be reassuring to you, but to someone seeking the truth about their condition and weighing all aspects before making a decision about the heart I doubt the podiatrist has much credibility.


      2. I could post any number of videos “proving” that the world is flat. Doesn’t make it true. Anthropomorphic global warming was considered established science well over a century ago. Nothing more recent has changed the factual basis leading to the conclusion

      3. F2T2 and Sarah agree completely. The global warming hoax is driven entirely by the leftists in science, politics and the media. The cherry picking of data points and reported by the media to prop up the hoax is long tiresome and an exposed tactic. When record lows and snows happen every year, has anyone once questioned or challenged the theory in the media? Of course not. How many moderate and conservative scientists have you seen reported prominently in the NYT, CNN or lead the nightly newscasts offering a challenging view? Answer, NONE. In the media this is commonly referred to as a “sacred cow.”

        Today we have rare snowfalls over a foot in the U.S. southern states couple weeks before winter begins. We had the same hoax with global cooling in the 1970s, but fortunately that myth was exposed and short lived. Today we have leftist leaders of nations clinging to the Paris accord debacle which is nothing more than a toothless goodwill paper tiger. The tax money and carbon credits scheme is despicable to say the least.

        On to the French protests. The most interesting part is this is a TAX PROTEST in a liberal nation. Different, to say the least and wondering the makeup of the protestors, liberal or conservative? Someone tell me how soaking the working class in France with exorbitant taxes is going to mitigate a millionth of a degree while the largest polluters on the planet continue business as usual. This is a ridiculous hoax gone on far too long…

        1. As I have said before, I will accept your view of climate science when you provide me with documentation that you have stood on a beach with your nostrils at the 1918 sea level for 10 minutes… and survived. Weather isn’t climate. Energy company propaganda isn’t science. Ignorance isn’t bliss.

    1. If you’re expecting the French military to come to the rescue, consider this quote:

      “I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.”

      — General George S. Patton

  1. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
    Hey there you so called intelects who know everything better and believe you are way above nature itself, who’s lazy ass (pardon my french) feels entitled to do minimum work and have maximum handouts…. … how does looting and vandalizing an Apple store or any other property help your country?… or is it an excuse to rob (of course you entitled to that as well ) and show your true faces.

    Hummmm, What group do i remember resorting to the same kind violent behaivior in USA.. …?🤔🤔

  2. What, they didn’t loot the Microsshaft and Samscum stores. Apple needs a double door system like the high end jewelry stores in France. Inner and outer doors cant be open at same time and they have security glass.

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