Don’t Mess With French Pensions

The Nation, December 6, 2019 Emmanuel Macron’s latest bugbear: a million angry French citizens striking against his proposed pension reforms.  After a year of protests that dragged his popularity to record lows and forced significant concessions from his government, French President Emmanuel Macron might have thought twice before staking “Act Two” of his presidency on … Continue reading Don’t Mess With French Pensions

Climate Politics after the Yellow Vests

Dissent, Spring 2019 Far from being anti-environment, the gilets jaunes have exposed the greenwashing of Macron’s deeply regressive economic and social agenda. I first passed the protest camp on Christmas Eve, as the sun was setting and most of the country was preparing to sit down for the holiday dinner. So were twenty-odd local gilets … Continue reading Climate Politics after the Yellow Vests