Watching his speech last night reminded me what just a deeply annoying person he is. No matter how hard he tries to fake sincerity and empathy the inner arrogant patronizing overweening asshole shine through brightly. The tone at times veered into barely suppressed petulance. How dare you little people dare demonstrate against your betters. I, your king, sorry, president, will deign to talk to maries. To find out what the little people want. Of should want.
I dont know how they played out coverage on TF1 but I know on BFMTV, the most watched news channel, as a media event Macron speech was a disaster. After the speech there were a few of the studio talking heads looking bemused, they cut to a gilet jaune who basically said, too little too late, and the SMIC stuff was not what we are demonstrating against in the first place. Then they cut to Melenchon in the Assembly who in the space of a few minutes systematically defenestrate Macrons speech. Yes, Melenchon. Its the first time I have seen him being statesmanlike.
Macrons people are still trying to frame the confrontation in the terms of “putschists” but the situation is a lot simpler, the people no longer consent to be ruled by Macron. Its not his politics per se, its purely personal.
Other interesting news. Sarkozy is making it known that he is thinking of “unretiring” from politics. Which would be the ultimate joke on the PS wheeze to screw up the LR primary election last year. The PS is now gone but Sarko seems to have more political lives than even Richard Nixon.