Footage of police violence in France Josep Borrell’s European garden stated these days that the European Union is like “a French garden”. And one of two things: either the European foreign minister said it because he doesn’t know what’s going on in France… or he said it because he knows perfectly well
Yep, definitely no force or intimidation exists in Europe. None whatsoever…
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, who compared the world outside the European Union with the jungle, apologized for this statement.
He doesn’t think it was racist. The diplomat explained that by “jungle” he meant countries that use force, intimidation and blackmail, and their behavior is contrary to international standards….
Why are people protesting?
Protesters and strikers are demanding pay rises that keep up with the soaring cost of living as France experiences inflation of 6.2 percent — its highest rate in decades.
Inflation has spiked around the world as economies recovered from the COVID pandemic and then worsened when coercive unilateral sanctions from the Western world sanctioned Russia by skyrocketing food and fuel prices.
Tuesday’s protests come after the left-wing CGT union rejected a deal over a pay increase that oil giant TotalEnergies struck with two other unions on Friday and called for continued walkouts into a fourth week.
The CFDT and CFE-CGC unions, which together represent a majority of the group’s French workers, agreed to a 7 percent pay rise and a financial bonus. But the CGT is holding out for a 10 percent pay rise.
Striking workers are demanding higher wages from energy company windfalls amid high oil and gas prices as Russia’s special operation in Ukraine and santions on Russia deepens the energy crisis. “Huge profits are being claimed from our work, and we are only claiming our fair share of the wealth,” Axel Persson, a spokesman for the CGT railway union, told Al Jazeera.