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The protest in France was predicted in the spring of 2017:”The French, Coming Apart”.
Christophe Guilluy illustrated how France has devolved into it’s current state. A nation propelled by globalization & immigration into divisive segments of income inequality. A nation of 16 dynamic urban islands populated with entrepreneurs and engineers and CEOs, the fashion designers and models, the film directors and chefs and other “symbolic analysts,” as Robert Reich once called them—who shape the country’s tastes, form its opinions, and renew its prestige. Cheap labor, tariff-free consumer goods, and new markets of billions of people have made globalization a windfall for such prosperous places.

Yet economic opportunities for those unable to prosper in Paris are lacking elsewhere in France.

Yes it is likely the French people have been bought off. Though we won’t know until tomorrow to see if the protesters disperse. If so, the French people have sold themselves cheaply as none of what Macron is a solution for those negatively affected by globalization & immigration.
He responded to several of the protesters’ demands, promising measures that included:

-a government-funded 100-euro increase in the minimum wage starting at the beginning of the new year

-the abolition of taxes on overtime pay in 2019

-asking profit-making companies to give workers tax-free year-end bonuses

-slashing a tax hike on small pensions, acknowledging it was “unjust.”

The professional class will continue to enjoy globalization cheap consumer goods. Meanwhile the working are competing with immigrants and are in fact exiled outside the 16 urban centers as the private housing stock is bought up by the professional class & the public housing stock has been taken over by immigrants.
As Paris has become not just the richest city in France but the richest city in the history of France, its residents have come to describe their politics as “on the left...Most often, Parisians mean what Guilluy calls la gauche hashtag, or what we might call the “glass-ceiling Left,” preoccupied with redistribution among, not from, elites: we may have done nothing for the poor, but we did appoint the first disabled lesbian parking commissioner.

Looking into the future. I predicted the nations that will do best are those that control their borders allowing only skilled workers that speak the accepting nation language. Those that will do poorly are those with porous border with unselective immigration policies allow large numbers of unskilled workers into a developed nation that has little need for them as those unskilled jobs have either been automated or off shored to countries with low wages or worker protection for those foreign workers.
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