But now we know that this tax has not been used to finance the ecological transition but the CICE, a tax advantage paid to big companies that should have used it to hire people (when they are making massive layoffs) and that are not allowed to use it for dividend payments, but that do so anyway !
We, Yellow Vests, have received a large number of demands and proposals through different channels from citizens to improve the quality of life and purchasing power: this momentum of protest has given rise to the Yellow Vests movement and has grown to include the subject of purchasing power and the place of the citizen in political life. Following various actions of spontaneous gatherings of citizens, the Government announced the cancellation of the increase in fuel taxes that was scheduled for January 2019. One of the first demands of the petition. That said, we note that fares continue to increase and the share of taxes remains very high in the fare when other polluting profiles are still exempt... (no kerosene taxes in the air sector, and no fuel taxes either, in the maritime sector!).
Then other measures were announced, except that they only partially respond to the needs expressed and are not sufficient to address the social injustice we have been denouncing for 10 months now. Our mobilization is not only aimed at serving the cause of yellow vests, but also at resolving a social crisis that is impacting the vast majority of French people today.
The Government then announced that a major debate would take place throughout the country. But the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP), which had been mandated to organize this debate, finally withdrew, after weeks of tense exchanges with the government.
Why? It should be noted that the Government has asked the President of the Commission to grant him a personal favour by organizing this Great Debate, which she refused on the grounds of professional ethics. The Government then failed to act on the her warnings, which reiterated the need to respect the principle of transparency, neutrality and exemplarity provided for in the process of setting up such a debate (Mediapart sources).
Today, we therefore make the bitter observation that we were right to be suspicious of the BIG DEBATE which, in addition to having cost 12 million euros ! was in our opinion only a means of silencing this movement and an opportunity for the President to campaign and rise in the polls before the European elections because of its simple media omnipresence !
For this reason, Yellow Vests of all profiles and regions have organized themselves by forming a collective in order to set up a collaborative platform that we all know as the REAL DEBATE: https://www.le-vrai-debat.fr/ ; while others, aware that the Internet is not accessible to everyone, have set up a citizen consultation (paper version) that has collected 900,000 contributions from 39 departments. But you will notice that no one is talking about this platform of demands. That is why we have decided to inform the population ourselves through this manifesto: