SEE Lists Yellow Vests’ Demands to End Protests in France

By Nawal Sayed

CAIRO, Dec. 8 (SEE) – For the fourth week in a row, France witnesses violent demonstrations as so-called Yellow Vests movement rally in the capital city of Paris, Marseilles and other cities across the country and protest against the government’s economic, social and educational reforms.

General view of protesters wearing yellow vests who gather on the Champs-Elysees Avenue near gendarmes who block side strees during a demonstration by the “yellow vests” movement in Paris, France, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The French government announced that it won’t apply the tax increase due to take place in 2019; however the protesters have not stopped protesting and have kept demanding meeting their demands.

SEE publishes the full demands that the Yellow Vests call for according to their publication published by French local media outlets:

A protester wearing a yellow vest attends a demonstration during a national day of protest by the “yellow vests” movement in Paris, France, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
  1. Zero homeless: URGENT. 
  2. Income tax  more progressive (more slices). 
  3. SMIC ( minimum wage for growth) of 1300 euros net. 
  4. Promote small businesses, villages and city centers. (Stop the construction of large commercial areas around big cities that kill small business + free parking in city centers). 
  5. Large Insulation Plan for housing. (to make ecological savings for households). 
  6. That BIG (Macdo, Google, Amazon, Crossroads …) pay BIG and that small (artisans, SME and Microenterprises) pay small.  
  7. Same system of social security for all (including artisans and self-entrepreneurs). End of the RSI ( the social regime of the self-employed). 
  8. The pension system must remain in solidarity and there foresocialized. (No retirement at peak). 
  9. End of the tax increase on fuel.
  10. No pension below 1200 euros.
  11. Any elected representative will have the right to a median salary. His transport costs will be monitored and reimbursed if they are justified. Right to the restaurant ticket and check-holiday.
  12. The wages of all French people as well as pensions and allowances must be indexed to inflation.
  13. Protect French industry: prohibit relocation. Protecting our industry is protecting our know-how and our jobs.
  14. End of detached work (where ‘posted workers’ are sent by their employer to carry out a service in another European country on a temporary basis). It is abnormal that a person who works on French territory does not benefit from the salary and the same rights. Anyone authorized to work on French territory must be equal with a French citizen and his employer must contribute to the same height as a French employer. 
  15. For job security: further limit the number of fixed-term contracts for large companies. We want more CDI (the default open-ended orpermanent work contract in France).
  16. End of the CICE ( tax credits that corporations can claim forall salaries 2.5 lower than the French minimum wage). Using this money for launching a French car industry that has hydrogen (which is truly ecological,unlike the electric car.)
  17. End of austerity policy. We are ceasing to repay the debt interest that is declared illegitimate and we are starting to repay the debt without taking the money from the poor and the poorest but by going after the$80 billion in tax evasion.
  18. That the causes of forced migration are treated.
  19. That asylum seekers are well treated. We owe them housing,security, food and education for the miners. Work with the UN to have host camps open in many countries around the world, pending the outcome of the asylum application.
  20. That the unsuccessful asylum seekers be returned to their country of origin.
  21. That a real integration policy  be implemented. Living in France means becoming French (French language course, History of France course and civic education course with certification at the end of the course).
  22. Maximum salary fixed at 15000 euros.
  23. That jobs are created  for the unemployed.
  24. Increase in disabled benefits
  25. Limitation of rents + low-rent housing (especially for students and precarious workers).
  26. Prohibition to sell property belonging to France (airport dam…)
  27. Substantial means granted to justice, the police, the gendarmerie and the army. That law enforcement overtime be paid or recovered.
  28. All the money earned by highway tolls will be used for the maintenance of motorways and roads in France and road safety.
  29. Since the price of gas and electricity has increased since privatization, we want them to become public again and that prices fall significantly.
  30. Immediate closure of small lines, post offices, schools and maternity homes.
  31. Let’s bring well-being to our elderly people. Prohibition of making money on the elderly. The gray gold is finished. The era of gray well-being begins.
  32. Maximum 25 students per class  from kindergarten to the final year. – Substantial resources brought to psychiatry.
  33. The People’s Referendum must enter the Constitution. Creation of a readable and effective site, supervised by an independent control body where the links can make a proposal of law. If this bill obtains 700,000 signatures then this bill will have to be discussed, completed and amended by the National Assembly, which will be obliged (one year to the day after obtaining the 700,000 signatures) to submit to the vote of all the French.
  34. Return to a term of 7 years for the President of the Republic.(The election of the deputies two years after the election of the President of the Republic made it possible to send a positive or negative signal to the President of the Republic concerning his policy, so it helped to make the voice of the people heard.)
  35. Retirement at age 60 and for all those who have worked in a trade using the body (a builder or butcher for example) a right to retirement at 55 years.
  36. A 6-year-old child is not able to look after him or herself,continuation of the PAJEMPLOI help system until the child is 10 years old.
  37. Promote the transport of goods by railway.
  38. No collection at source
  39. End of presidential allowances for life
  40. Prohibition of charging retailers a fee when their customers use the credit card.
  41. Tax on marine fuel oil and kerosene. This list is non-exhaustive but thereafter, the will of the people will be heard and applied by means of the creation of the popular referendum system which will have to be quickly setup. Members of Parliament, make our voice heard in the Assembly.
  42. Obey the will of the people. Apply these Guidelines
A yellow vest protester reacts during clashes with police at a national day of protest by the “yellow vests” movement in Paris, France, December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

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