FRENCH PROTESTORS RAISE THE ANTE BY THROWING SPIDER CRABS AT POLICE IN RENNES
You may have heard about how France “reformed” the national pension age last week. That “reform” really means that they have raised the eligible age to retire from 62 to 64. And by France, I really mean French President Macron essentially issued the change by decree, supposedly to save the national pension from running out of money. That kind of sounds like conservatives and social security in the United States, doesn’t it? But the French identity includes a very real penchant for protest over such politics, and this is no exception. Today marks the 12th day of national protests, and they are getting funky. In Rennes, protestors started to throw spider crabs at police.
SPIDER CRABS AS PROJECTILES ANOTHER FACET OF FRENCH OUTRAGE AT MACRON PENSION MOVE
Protestors throwing things at police is an age-old protestor practice. But usually, you hear about bottles, bricks and other various brac. But hurling crustaceans? That’s a new one! But when you have protests across a country that simply don’t disperse for over a week, things develop. And in France, this seems likely to continue to develop. In Rennes a couple days ago, police started to arrest people after the protestors violated a curfew that officials had put into effect to stop the protests. And within seconds of the arrests being made, the spider crabs started to fly.
FRENCH POLITICAL PROTESTS NOW INVOLVES MAYBE THE WORST CASE OF CRABS IN YEARS
The media coverage on the spider crabs as protestor projectile du jour is a little murky, at best. Conservative media, which means corporate and government friendly media, seem to be using passive language to describe the seafood not-friendly fracas. But it’s hard to mis-interpret reports from police that they have been hit in the face by spider crabs while confronting and arresting angry French protestors in Rennes. But no matter your views on the retirement age in France being raised by Macron, or your views on the ongoing protests in France as a result, you can’t argue one thing.
This is the strangest bad case of the crabs in years.