Sputnik: Do you think this anti-semitic episode will have tainted the Yellow Vest movement?
So, in this case, Alain Finkielkraut was a classic victim of a particular group of protests associated albeit within the Gilets Jaunes grouping but not necessarily empathetic with the broader group. One of the problems of this, of course, is, given how the group has no organizational structure in the classic sense, deals with these sorts of cases. So the message is there that unfortunately when it comes to this they have to accept there will always been certain protests that will be splintered off as it were.
Sputnik: Will the Yellow Vests be able to maintain their momentum moving forward?
So obviously other European policymakers, and certainly populists are going to see this as a very attractive option. The question will be how this translates, broadly speaking, within the country of origin. Obviously, Emmanuel Macron has made various ventures and overtures reluctantly, he has tried to curb back, for example, fuel prices and adjust some of the ecological taxes that would have raised the prices and of course, people have protested about this. But their message remains very strong and this is something that's going to be, as it were, fit into protests in other countries, as evidenced in what you said yourself, it's going to spread to other European countries as well.
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