dateline: 05 December 2018
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Yellow-Vest Protests Continue in France
- vest: a sleeveless covering worn over a shirt
- turn out: to be present at an event
- fuel: gas
- evolve: to turn into something else
- high-visibility: very easy to see
- demonstration: a protest
Yellow-Vest Protests Continue in France
- What is this report mainly about?
- What do the yellow vests relate to?
- Why does the report mention Iraq?
During the Arab Spring, which began in 2010, one anti-government protest led to another in several countries. Do you think this will happen again with the yellow-vest protests? How do you feel about eco-taxes?
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Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
Tens of thousands of protesters have turned out across France for the past few weekends causing President Macron to back down on a planned fuel tax increase. The protests began as a response to rising gas prices, but have evolved into a more general demonstration against the government’s economic reform and planned eco-taxes. The protesters have been wearing yellow vests, which are symbolic of the high-visibility safety clothing required in every vehicle in France. The yellow-vest protesters have inspired similar demonstrations in Basra this week, where Iraqi citizens are demanding basic services.
- The report is mainly about economy-related protests in France that have been effective in gaining the government’s attention.
- The yellow vests are symbolic of the safety clothing required in every vehicle in France. (The protest was originally a response to fuel price increases.)
- The report mentions Iraq because the yellow-vest protestors have inspired similar anti-government protests in Basra.
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Galo Mejía says:
I cannot believe these protests are going on in a country and emblematic cities such as France and Paris. I only hope that the landmarks don’t get damaged much. Sad.
I think that this Yellow-Vest protest is the tip of the iceberg.
There has been a long time problem in France about imigration, taxes, and the french person doesn´t trust in French politiciens.
This feel happens in the most European country and with the Europian Union!
It seems that there is a big risk that this protes spreads in Europa and out of Europa!
Thank you so much for this week’s audio news report. It’s so easy for me because you have said it so slowly and clearly.
I could understand the subject clearly without seeing the text and could fill in the blanks all the words except the word “response”. I heard it responsible.
It’s so interesting to see democracy in France that people can protest against the government.
Of course, I don’t agree with destroying and burning cars, things and so on.
Finally, the government decided to suspend the subject for six months.
The above subject shows us that the politicians and the leaders of countries should be so careful about their decisions that affect on people’s life.
I agree with the conventions that support the earth 100%, but it doesn’t mean to ignore the people’s everyday life.
Thank you so much and best wishes,
Bijan from the Persian Gulf
Ricardo de Faria Cordeiro says:
The countries governments are too weak for to fight against the truly climate enemy: the combustible fossile industry
thank you, dear Tara, for your lessons.
The government should take into consideration all people categories,each time raising prices and applying new laws,when would be the voice of the people heard?
Simplest thing is to dump Macron. Any man who screws woman 20 years his senior is a pervert
Every day walk one hour early in the morning
And one hour every evening
And i bring with me a plastic bag and i pick up everything, waste paper, bottles (plastic and glass), cans (beer and soft drink etc..)
Every day i,collect about six full bags
I reverse these bags into containers
So it’s something that everybody can do and must do for the environment
a government can’t do every thing
It is possible that this French movement spreads out on other countries whose people is fighting against the increase of taxes. I would like that Spain was one of this countgries but…
In my humble opinion, we should do something about the climate-change. The use of diesel is very polluting but it is not fair that the solution is that truck drivers pay more because their lorries use this kind of combustible.