Emmanuel Macron’s Unwanted New Title: ‘President of the Rich’ – By Adam Nossiter – NYT

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By Adam Nossiter
Nov. 1, 2017

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“PARIS — From the all-powerful president with the infallible touch, Emmanuel Macron has become the “president of the rich,” an elitist dispensing fiscal goodies to the wealthy. At least that is what parliamentarians, some economists, television interviewers and newspapers have been calling him in recent weeks.

Barely six months into his presidency, Mr. Macron has been brought down from the heights to places many French are deeply suspicious of: the corporate suite and the banker’s office. Over and over that unflattering label — “president of the rich” — has been affixed to the young leader.

“You are committing violence with your policy. It’s you that are going after the poor to give to the rich!” thundered François Ruffin, a firebrand of the leftist France Unbowed party.

Mr. Macron was guilty of a “heavy moral, economic, and historical sin,” the best-selling economist Thomas Piketty wrote in the newspaper Le Monde.”

via Emmanuel Macron’s Unwanted New Title: ‘President of the Rich’ – The New York Times

David Lindsay:

Macron has really fucked up, to use an old French expression. I have also read and posted the hyperlink to the article on the asset tax he reduced on the wealthiest individuals, as one of his first acts as prime minister. He really blew the visuals on that one, and then, apparently, he has never heard of making a gas tax either revenue neutral, or only to raise money for public transportation. If he continues to rule like a deaf emperor, he will fail, which is horrible, since we need his leadership now for fighting climate change, containing Russia, and hearding the cats of the free world during the great vacuum of Trumpism.

As Slums Teeter in Marseille- a Poverty Crisis Turns Deadly – By Adam Nossiter – The New York Times

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By Adam Nossiter
Nov. 19, 2018,     9 comments
“MARSEILLE, France — The red-helmeted marine firefighter was firm. “Right,” he told the anxious families gathered around him, “we’re closing up the building.”

Bewildered and frightened, they climbed the darkened, rickety staircase of their building on the Rue Jean Roque, past the chunks of missing plaster and thick lines of cracks, some big enough to put an arm into. On the firefighter’s orders, they gathered their belongings and then left, for the last time.

Their decrepit five-story apartment building, long ignored by city officials, was now deemed unsafe. Marseille city leaders, on the defensive after ignoring expert warnings, were racing to respond to a public outcry after two buildings collapsed this month, killing eight people.

Nervous officials have since evacuated 1,054 people, and counting, from 111 crumbling apartments in the heart of the ancient and dingy Mediterranean port. But a 2015 report written for France’s minister of housing found that 40,000 dwellings in Marseille were unsafe — which is 10 percent of all unsafe buildings in France, and affects 100,000 of the city’s inhabitants.”

via As Slums Teeter in Marseille, a Poverty Crisis Turns Deadly – The New York Times