From Eric Drouet to "Fly Rider", the slogans of the figures of "yellow vests"

"Reporter" , "messenger" , "leader" , "spokesperson" , no word really suits them, as it is difficult to say that they represent a protean movement that accepts no hierarchy or delegation. For three weeks, a dozen men and women take turns on dams, television sets and especially on Facebook to embody the movement of "yellow vests". Some have sometimes campaigned in parties or unions, but the majority of them said "apolitical", the slightest affiliation appearing immediately suspicious in a movement that wants to be horizontal and without a leader.
That does not prevent some of them from holding very determined speeches where the claims on the purchasing power, at the origin of the demonstrations, are now accompanied by anti-immigrant speeches and a protest by the elected representatives. and the Fifth Republic. It is this last point which divides today, at least in two currents, the initiators of these "yellow vests" so difficult to grasp.
To question them, to listen to the slogans broadcast on the roundabouts, to go back to the sometimes frankly conspiracy Facebook posts of those who seem to be the most influential - none of them have ever been designated by a vote - makes it possible to measure the extent of the crisis. And offers the disordered physiognomy of an unprecedented protest on the eve of the fourth Saturday of demonstrations in Paris and throughout France.
France hunkered down for another wave of potentially violent protests on Saturday as under-fire President Emmanuel Macron planned to address the nation next week over public anger at the cost of living, senior allies said.
A trash bin burns as youths and high school students attend a demonstration to protest against the French government's reform plan, in Paris, France, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Much of Paris will be in lockdown and tens of thousands of police deployed across the nation to contain what protesters are billing as ‘Act IV’ to the ‘yellow vest’ rebellion that has seen the worst unrest in the capital since 1968 student riots.
Navigating his biggest crisis since being elected, Macron has left it largely to his prime minister, Edouard Philippe, to deal in public with the turmoil and offer concessions.
But the 40-year-old is under mounting pressure to speak more fully as his administration tries to regain the initiative following three weeks of unrest in the G7 nation.
“The President will speak early next week. I think this is what the French people want, they want answers,” Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne told Sud Radio on Friday.
“The President will send a message to the French that he is listening to their anger (...) and that new answers have obviously to be found.”
Protesters want Macron to go further on easing the budgets of hard-pressed households: an increase to the minimum wage is one demand. But the president, mindful of the country’s deficit and not wanting to flout EU rules, will have little wriggle room for more concessions.
Scrapping next year’s hikes to fuel taxes, the first major U-turn of his presidency, has already cost the Treasury 4 billion euros (3.56 billion pounds).


The Eiffel Tower, opera house, and Louvre are among dozens of museums and tourist sites that will close on Saturday.
Authorities have also ordered shut scores of luxury boutiques, restaurants and private businesses on the Champs Elysees avenue and around the presidential palace.
The trouble is jeopardising a timid economic recovery in France. Small retailers saw revenue fall 20-40 percent last Saturday, and hotel reservations are down 15-25 percent.
Patrick Delmas, 49, will be closing his bar “Le Monte Carlo” next to the Champs Elysees on Saturday, blaming hoodlums from anarchist and anti-capitalist groups, as well as the yellow vest movement’s violent fringe.
“We have lost 60 percent of business over the last 15 days,” he said. “The problem is all those people who arrive with the sole intention of smashing things up.”
The protests, named after the high visibility vests French motorists carry in their cars, erupted in November due to the impact on family budgets of already raised fuel taxes.
Reminiscent of Spain’s anti-austerity “Indignados” movement in 2011, the French protests swiftly grew into a broad rebellion against the government, but without formal leaders.
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Their diverse demands include lower taxes, higher salaries, cheaper energy, better retirement provisions and even Macron’s resignation.
Macron’s government has this week offered a rush of sweeteners to soothe public anger, beginning with Philippe’s climb-down on fuel taxes. Yet all signs are that the government has failed to quell the revolt.
Some 89,000 policemen will be on duty to stop a repeat of last Saturday’s mayhem. About 8,000 of them are to be deployed in Paris where rioters last weekend torched cars, looted shops and defaced the Arc de Triomphe with anti-Macron graffiti.
Another weekend of violence may raise doubts over the durability of Macron’s prime minister, though aides to Macron and Philippe say there is no discord between them.

On Wednesday night, on BFMTV, the Yellow Vest had called to enter the presidential palace. He will be summoned soon by the police.

"If we come to the Elysee, we go inside. [...] This is the symbol of this government, so yes, people want to go there. It is for these sentences pronounced Wednesday evening, on the set of BFMTV , Éric Drouet is targeted by a preliminary investigation opened for "provocation to the commission of a crime or a crime". The investigations were entrusted to the judicial police of Versailles. He should be summoned soon to be heard.
His intervention on BFMTV
The police want to know if the remarks made by this spokesperson of Vests yellow, 33 years old and domiciled in Melun (Seine-et-Marne), are not an incitement to the violence against the institutions and to the riot . The day after his televised speech, Éric Drouet took his exit on his Facebook page: "You think I was too trashy saying we would go to the élysse (sic)".

On the initiative of the first call to protest

Before finally recovering this Friday morning, probably feeling that his words could fall under the law. "We are going to go on the ring to show them that the riders come from them, so the driver, car enthusiast. If an institution, a monument, a shop is targeted, it will not be yellow vests. It is the forces of the order which creates the ko (sic), there they will be all alone "!
Éric Drouet's explanations on Facebook
In a note on October 29, the Central Territorial Intelligence Service (SCRT) noted that the 30-year-old father was one of eight administrators of the Facebook page calling for the first-ever gathering of yellow vests. "The content of the profile of the creators of the event is essentially family. "
The note stated: "No proximity to risk groups has so far been detected," noted the agents, adding however: "Only the name Eric Drouet is known from the operational documentation as part of his -administration of Facebook group closed Muster Crew . A group that brings together organizers of car rallies.

A group of 235,000 members

Since then, Éric Drouet has taken the media thick and has been officially designated spokesman for the movement born against the rise of the fuel tax and the decline in purchasing power. Distinguished by his harsh words, he refused to go to an invitation to Matignon on November 30 to discuss with Édouard Philippe.
On the other hand, on November 27, he was received by François de Rugy , minister of ecological transition, along with Priscilla Ludosky, another figure of the movement he is close to. Explaining that he no longer believes "in the Republic", Éric Drouet runs a Facebook page related to yellow vests called "La France en colère". Very popular, it has 235,115 members. He animates another "La France enervée".