The fires, theft, vandalism and confrontation between the police and protestors for around two weeks in France are not surprising even though peaceful and legitimate means in the democratic system, including changing the government, are available. However, this did not convince thousands of protestors!
In France, they are blaming the Russians for standing behind the wave of inciting fake accounts that pushed the angry public to the streets and they called on American President Donald Trump to stop influencing the French public opinion because he was quick to criticize Macron and his government, and blame it.
Have the Russians really infiltrated the French youths’ minds? Have they done so as they were previously accused of interfering in European elections as well as American elections? Is it believable that Trump has all this influence?
Even without the electronic conspiracy theories, chaos contradicts with the values linked to democratic practice. It contradicts the concept that the ballot box is the judge between the people and that it’s on the basis of elections that a president and his government come to power upon the desire of the majority. It violates the principle that the people’s representatives in the parliament are the ones who express this desire. Chaos of course contradicts with the restrictions of freedom of expression that only guarantees the right to peaceful protest and rejects dictating stances by force.
France is the country of revolutions, and the street is once again reviving the controversy about the concept of the choice of governance by the majority, which is the pillar of the western governance systemAbdulrahman al-Rashed