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Jacline Mouraud: Founder of Yellow Vest movement denounces extremists hijacking her tax protest

Jacline Mouraud: Founder of Yellow Vest movement denounces extremists hijacking her tax protestThe founder of the “yellow vest” revolt said it had become a dangerous “dog without a leash” prey to extremists and anarchists, and urged moderate protesters to open dialogue with the French government. Jacline Mouraud, a 51-year old composer and hypnotherapist from Brittany, is credited with sparking the movement after six million people viewed her Facebook diatribe against environmental duties on petrol and diesel last month. “What are you doing with the money apart from buying new dishes at the Élysée Palace and building yourself swimming pools?” she asked President Emmanuel Macron in her viral video. But she said the movement had now been hijacked by an increasingly violent fringe of “extremists and anarchists”. Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Ms Mouraud, said: “This movement has broken free of everyone, you can’t reason with people any more. Some don’t even remember what demands we made at the start. “It’s as if we had kept the dog on a leash and today the leash has snapped.” A firefighter stands next to a car set on fire during a protest of Yellow vest  Credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images Before the violence of the past two weeks, she said the revolt was a “spontaneous movement of the people” that could not be manipulated. Now, however, it was, she said, not just “beyond the reach of the government, political parties, unions” but “the people from the movement themselves”. She added: “We’re witnessing a tsunami. The wave is still in the air and we’ll just have to wait for it to crash down again.” Facebook, she said, had initially “helped bring people together and get organised”. But it also now had a “very negative side,” she added. Experts said that Facebook’s decentralised nature is ideal for "gilets jaunes”, particularly as it changed its algorithms earlier this year to lower the visibility of content published on pages run by large media outlets. "It prioritised content being shared by groups, individual profiles, and local information. This change in the algorithm has boosted the emergence of this movement," Tristan Mendes France, who teaches digital culture at Paris-Diderot University, said. Hundreds of social media accounts linked to Russia have sought to amplify the street protests that have rocked France, according to analysis by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company. Facebook's new algorithm for ordering the posts that users see has also given raised the profile of extremists, conspiracy theorists and proponents of fake news. Ms Mouraud and other “spokespeople” have received death threats. Those behind them “don’t want a resolution of the conflict”, she said.  A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (Gilet jaune) throws a cobble at police forces Credit: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images She was among a “yellow vest” delegation that met the prime minister, Edouard Philippe, on Friday night. They listed demands ranging from tax justice and proportional representative in legislative elections and raising low pensions. The prime minister has called for three months of talks between the gilets jaunes and local and national officials. She added: “Today, I have no idea how this will pan out. What’s for sure is if we don’t get organised, it will have no future. We’ll have done all that for nothing.”



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France's Yellow Vests Bring Their Grievances to Paris, Again

France's Yellow Vests Bring Their Grievances to Paris, Again“Macron was elected because people voted against Le Pen, not for him,” said Raymond Ruis, a 53-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative, in reference to nationalist leader Marine Le Pen. About 4 p.m., some of the people facing riot police no longer donned yellow vests that have become a symbol of the frustration of a middle class having trouble making ends meet.



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Yellow cabs and apartment houses: FBI is taking a broad look at Michael Cohen's business

Yellow cabs and apartment houses: FBI is taking a broad look at Michael Cohen's businessAgents who raided the office and home of President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen weren’t only interested in hush-money payoffs to women, but were also investigating a broad range of his business dealings, including a taxi empire, New York City real estate and an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.



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Profile Pictures Go Yellow After Syria Gas Attack

Profile Pictures Go Yellow After Syria Gas AttackThe movement appeared to have started with Rami Jarrah, a Syrian journalist and activist.



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