Nigel Farage said the violent protests that have broken out across France are a sign of the growing disconnect between the country’s citizens and its elites.
Up to 5,000 demonstrators gathered in the center of Paris Saturday morning, where they were met by some 8,000 police officers and at least 12 armored vehicles. More than 500 people have been arrested.
Farage, the former U.K. Independence Party leader and a Fox News contributor, said the protests may have started because of French President Emmanuel Macron’s planned gas tax hike, but the demonstrations have expanded because so many French citizens feel “completely unrepresented” by their government.
“[This is] a president who believes in the European project, who has grandiose ideas about the world, who cuts taxes for the rich and the puts up the cost of filling up your car or van for those on lower incomes,” Farage said. “He just looks so disconnected.”
He pointed out that this is the fourth week of protests, and they only appear to growing in size and intensity.
“Goodness knows where this ends,” Farage said, noting France has an extensive history of violent protests and revolution.
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