Samedi 23 mars 2019 gilet jaune

Genevieve Legay, an Attac activtist, tide a coloured flag throughout a rally by the anti-government "Yellow Vests" (Gilets jaunes) déménageur in the city of Nice, southeastern France, nous March 23, 2019. - Thousands of police fanned out across centre Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Dijon, Rennes and Nice, on March 23, 2019 oui "Yellow vest" demonstrators room expected to hit French city streets again for a 19th continuous week of nationwide protest against the français President"s policies. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit need to read valéry HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

As french president, Emmanuel panneau de longueur has used contemptuous phrases à address factory workers, a teenager that greeted him ont “Manu”, a jeune jobless man looking parce que le work, the french people ont a whole, and plenty of more. But until this week he had more or less spared auto elderly.

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This readjusted after Geneviève Legay, 73, an activist from nice acting oui spokeswoman à la the anti-capitalist group Attac France, was severely hurt during thé gilets jaunes’​ (yellow vests) “Act 19” critical Saturday. She was marching peacefully through Attac and in faire un don of the yellow vests nous Nice’s Garibaldi carré when the officier de police closed in conditions météorologiques protesters and she fell violently to the ground. Image of auto march démontrer that elle was left venir bleed nous the pavement after injuring sa head while police stepped end her corps humain to chase after protesters.

“I wish elle a fast recovery,” macron said nous Monday, “and ns also wish sa more wisdom. A cassant person, who is at risk de being driven down, shouldn’t aller to unauthorised marches or put us in such a situation.” cette also detailed that she “had not remained in direct la communication with the police” antérieur à she fell.

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Macron has longue mastered the de lart of transforming insults into tenderness advice, but this cas grated. Legay, her daughters said, is no a intraitable elderly woman. Interviewed by French TV’s CNEWS seulement moments avant her fall, she described herself as “an ecologist, feminist, anti-racist activist” if waving a rainbow flag which she called elle “flag du peace”. Elle added: “We room here to demonstrate our right to protest”, regretting that thé decision from thé authorities venir ban auto protest had not to be advertised anywhere and laughing about the loud chants that she and fellow activists had directif to cover auto police’s calls for retreat. Explaining that elle had gone to speak with officier de police officers, Legay hope that elle “touched their hearts … they too are person beings, they seul are doing dirty work.” 

Asked if she to be afraid of police violence, elle replied: “I’m 73, je vous demande pardon could happen à me?” Legay is now in hospital with a fractured skull and five damaged ribs.

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The week before her fall, sauvagement protesters shed shops et restaurants in Paris, which prompted the french government à intensify repression — introducing sanctions, banning protests in several places, and even deploying thé military as security guards. There were eventually no diriger clashes in Paris marqué the repressive climate is creating nouveau dangers. Activists such as Legay — whatever their lâge and level de wisdom — are captured in the middle. Emergency rescuers in frais were not seul barred from help Legay, who was bleeding conditions météorologiques the ground, they were mixed up v protesters et arrested. “We to be prevented from rescuing people”, one told locale TV.

Is there a better image of a government spiralling right into repression than a relaxed 73-year-old protester lying nous the ground in her own blood ont police development around elle to suppress the rest du the march?

The raison of Legay’s loss has directif to controversy. Panneau de longueur immediately concluded that the policier were not venir blame, as did the Nice prosecutor who, at a press conférence where cette announced the opening of an investigation, additionally declared the Legay was no touched de the officier de police (which rather defeats the purpose ns said investigation). “What nous are avec certitude about, after carefully looking at auto footage, is that elle has not been touched by the police,” he said. “The officer stepping over her did not cause her fall, she was already conditions météorologiques the ground.”